True prophets have a different bottom line than false ones, but that doesn’t make them any easier to recognize.
If it were me, I would have stayed in the fishing boat or dithered about what to do until Jesus was just a speck on the horizon.
Whether we choose to believe it or not, we human beings are embodied creatures. There have been many times throughout the history of philosophy and religion when great thinkers have tried to minimize or deny the physicality of human existence. Simple phrases such as “mind over matter” and biblical passages such as 1 Corinthians 9:27, “but I punish my body and enslave it,” have contributed to the misleading belief that we are at our best as human beings when some spiritual core that is separate from our physical nature governs our lives.
Will the water bring death or life?
Whether Mary was reading or spinning or planning her wedding, the annunciation came as an interruption.
Simeon offers a subtle instruction to Mary: remember the cross.
John the Baptist baptized Jesus of Nazareth. The synoptic Gospels all say so, and the kerygma in Acts connects the beginning of Jesus’ ministry with that baptism. But although Mark seems to find it quite right that Jesus should have been among those who heeded John’s preaching, all the other evangelists seem discomfited by the suggestion that Jesus was somehow a disciple of this other preacher.