- Aug 9, 2020
Using contemporary jargon, the Lord was basically telling Martha to “chillax,” to calm down and relax.
Today’s Samaritans live in two groups, separated not only by geography but culture. About 350 live under Palestinian rule on Mount Gerizim, the biblical mountain where, they say, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. The other group took root near Tel Aviv decades ago, after war prevented Samaritans working in Israel from returning to their West Bank homes.
Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the Superior General of the worldwide Jesuit order, spoke to an Italian news program on Sunday to reject charges that he was ‘relativizing’ the Gospels or committing doctrinal heresy when he suggested in February that the words of Jesus on marriage in the New Testament have to be ‘contextualized.’
As it turns out, it is perfectly probable that there were wise men who had the motive, the means and the method to pay homage to Jesus Christ just as Matthew recorded. The simple truth is that Matthew’s account is factual not fictional.
In one of the tensest and most violence-prone corners of the world, the tiny Samaritan minority in the West Bank manages to create a zone of peace where both Israelis and Palestinians feel safe, in a tradition of compassion and understanding that stretches back to the Bible.
Anyone who has taken a “New Testament 101” class in college will have been stunned and somewhat unsettled to discover that the Bible is, ahem, untrue. Having been taught all the stories about Jesus in Sunday School, first Holy Communion and Confirmation class, religious young people assumed all those tales