... At the end of all this, what did I learn about this rabbi, Jesus? That he is a rabbi who refuses to be drawn into making judgements which divide people. Instead he challenges us to step outside simply ‘knowing our rights’ and opens our eyes and hearts to our deeper motives, how we act towards others, and towards God. Who sends us back to work out our differences for ourselves.
So…. what shall I do now? Is the burning question for me. Do I stop to sort out my priorities in life, go back to my brother and work out how we can live together, our inheritance undivided; or do I just leave Jesus behind and go and find another rabbi who knows my rights and who, without quibbling, without conscience, will grant me what I want?
- the conclusion of my talk today, The rabbi who didn't play by the rules, and his story of a stupid rich man.