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hears my words, and acts upon them, is wise, and builds on a foundation
made of stone.
The rains descend,
and the floods rise. Hurricane winds beat against the house, yet
it stands strong: for it is built on solid rock.
hears my life-giving words, and rejects them, chooses to build on
a foundation of sand. The rains descend, and the floods rise. Hurricane
winds beat against the house, and the foundation crumbles. The house
collapses, and great is its fall.
Once there were
two men who went into the temple to pray. One was a proud, self-righteous
man, while the other was a miserable tax collector well known for
his dishonesty. The proud man prayed: "Thank God I am not a
sinner like other people, especially that cheating tax collector
I see here today. I never cheat, nor do I commit adultery. I fast
twice a week, and I give the temple a tenth of all that I earn."
The tax collector
remained in the back of the temple, and dared not lift his eyes
toward heaven. He prayed sorrowfully: "God, please be merciful
to me. I am unworthy and have fallen short of what you ask."
I tell you now,
that the tax collector who recognized his need for God's mercy,
returned to his house lighthearted, free from anxiety, and forgiven.
Those who, in their pride, exalt themselves will be humbled, while
those who humble themselves will rise above the cares of this world
to a place of blessing and honour.
Let the little
children come to me, and do not refuse them. For the kingdom of
God belongs to hearts so trusting; for without a childlike faith
you will never enter the kingdom.
is not my own, but his who has sent me. If you choose to do my Father's
will, you will quickly discover whether or not my teaching comes
The world worships
blindly. At least as Jews, we know what we worship, and that the
world's salvation is born from among us. Believe me: the time is
coming, and has already come, when those who would worship God will
cease from their constant searching. No longer will people search
for the dwelling place of God, announcing: "Here it is! This
is where we should pray."
No, true believers
will worship God in spirit and truth, and God the Father will seek
out those who approach him offering the sacrifice of worship and
praise. If you keep silent your praise, the very stones at your
feet will cry out.
have read that when King David and his soldiers were hungry, they
entered the temple and ate from the holy bread normally reserved
for the priests. This was an act clearly forbidden by the religious
laws. And yet, if you were an observer of the Hebrew laws, you would
know that on the Sabbath days the priests that work in the temple
desecrate the Sabbath by their labor, yet are counted blameless.
Are there not
more important things than the laws of the temple? Understand then,
the meaning of the scripture, "I prefer mercy to sacrifice.”
By so doing, you will cease from your condemnation of the guiltless.
The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.
Suppose an animal
in your care fell into a ditch on the Sabbath, would not you make
every effort to free it? Is not your life equally valuable? You
think nothing of spending the Sabbath observing the ceremony of
religion, or practicing long liturgies, how is it then that you
criticize me for healing on the Lord's day? When will you stop judging
by outward appearances, and begin to make right your judgments?
The Sabbath was created for you. You were not created for the Sabbath.
I have come
into this world that the blind might see, and they that boast of
their vision might become aware of the blindness that has befallen