The Words Group
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by MICHAEL McCURDY
One of America's outstanding
wood engravers, Michael McCurdy won the Bronze Medal in the international
Leipzig book competition. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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is ashamed of me and of my words in these days of sin and unbelief,
of that person will the Son of Man be ashamed when he returns in
the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
this obstinate generation clamours for a sign; but no sign will
be granted other than the sign that was given to the prophet Jonah.
For just as Jonah was in the great deep for three days and nights,
so the Son of Man will be three days and nights entombed in the
There will come
a day when the inhabitants of Nineveh, called the City of Thieves,
will stand and pass judgment on this generation, and condemn it.
For they repented because of the preaching of Jonah, and now a greater
than Jonah stands before you.
The Queen of
Sheba will also rise to pass judgment on this generation, and condemn
it; for she travelled a great distance to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and behold, a greater than Solomon has come.
How can I describe
this generation? They are like children sitting in the market place,
calling to their friends: "We have played merrily on our flutes;
but you would not dance, or sing. We have played a dirge; but you
have refused to be sad."
John, the forerunner,
came and lived among you in great austerity. Everyone said: "He
must be possessed of a demon."
Now the Son
of Man has come to you, enjoying life, and you say: "He is
a drunkard and a glutton, and the friend of sinners!" With
such brilliance you justify your own inconsistency.
who live your lives based on lies: how can you, being without truth,
say anything worth hearing? For out of the abundance of the heart
the mouth speaks.
When it is evening,
you say: "It will be fair weather, for the sky is red."
In the morning
you say: "It will be foul weather today, for the sky is threatening."
you forecast a change in the weather. How is it, that you have failed
to discern the signs of the times?
Come unto me,
all who are tired, oppressed, and sick of life, and I will give
you wonderful rest! Receive my words, and let me teach you, for
I am gentle and kind. You will find rest for your souls. That which
I ask of you, is for your benefit, and that which I demand of you,
Those who have
chosen to follow me in this generation will one day sit upon thrones,
and judge kingdoms and kings who have hardened their hearts and
turned away from these righteous words.