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Raoul’s Two Cents: August 27, 2021

WARNING: Religious content

If you had a cure for cancer would you keep it to yourself? Would you sell it? Make a profit from it? Let’s turn things around. If someone were selling it, would you buy it? At what price? Sky’s the limit? Would you take it? Would you be suspicious if it were free? These are no longer hypothetical questions. We face the same questions with the vaccines of Covid 19. Like politics and religion, there is no middle ground. Even if the vaccine is free, people are either for or against it. People are suspicious of each other. Where is truth in our technological 21st century?

I heard a good sermon a few Sundays ago and I will attempt to share what I learned. To my Jewish brothers, please comment on the accuracy of my analysis.

Since the time of Adam, God had always had a designated mouthpiece to guide man to the truth. But stubborn man refused to listen so after Malachi (who was the last prophet of the Old Testament) God was silent for 400 years. All the Jews had to guide them was their religious history written in sheepskin parchments and stones. It was business as usual at the religious office — a shell without substance. The smartest Rabbis were tasked to lay down the rules of the land by interpreting scripture. The writings of these religious leaders is called the Rabbinic law. In essence a religious Jew would defend his position about working on the Sabbath by quoting Rabbi X’s exposition on the subject matter. The source of Rabbi X would be the works of Rabbi Y’s interpretation. You can see how distilled the law became with each generation of interpreters. Truth, like today, was actually opinion.

Then one day, an unschooled carpenter’s son started to teach the law. He did not have a Law Diploma yet the people “were astonished at his teaching for his word was with authority” [Luke 4:32]. He did not quote complex Rabbinic laws. He simplified the laws to its essence. While others would say “do not murder or you will be judged” he would say “do not be angry in the first place.”

Jesus said: “Don’t suppose I came to do away with the Law and the Prophets. I did not come to do away with them, but to give them their full meaning.” — Matthew 5:17

Common sense isn’t common anymore yet everyone claims to have it more than anyone else. May I suggest, before we take sides, before we start defending with arrogance, let’s pray for clarity. If we humble ourselves we will listen more. If we listen more, we will have a dialogue and we will whittle away our differences and hopefully, the essence of truth will come out.

No disrespect. This is just tired ol’ me. TGIF, people.


Thanks to Mel of Washington, DC for this joke.

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  1. Betty of Australia

    September 4, 2021 at 11:31 am

    LOL!!! Stay safe,


  2. Ed

    September 4, 2021 at 11:31 am

    One of your best ones! Your long religious passage was sent to many of my family members…


  3. Tom

    September 4, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Great Intro brought to mind a Funeral I did and the request was for TURKEY IN THE STRAW as rhey were exiting the Mass. The Organist I had was mortified but complied with the request playing it slowly like a dirge and I sang it that way to the surprise of all attending.
    Certainly never done again but really different.
    Thanks for reminding me. Tom


  4. Heather

    September 4, 2021 at 11:35 am

    I cant believe what happened yesterday. They all walk around with guns! How crazy are they all? And when does it end? Too much to think about.


  5. Melanie

    September 4, 2021 at 11:36 am

    OK, so I finally made it to punch line jokes.

    We are not going to get any work done for the rest of the day! We are laughing so about Pfizer! *~<];-D



  6. Melanie

    September 4, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Well said, Raul!

    Given to me from a wise mentor decades ago… Get OUT of judgement & INTO curiosity!

    You learn more,

    You are happier.

    You meet interesting people

    You have more friends.

    AND BTW…. No one put you in charge of everything anyway, so let it GO! (Actually he said SHUT UP! So I did edit it)

    Thanks for a great read.


  7. Pia

    September 4, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Nice sermon Raoul! Preach it brother!!!

    Sorry I don’t always read all your TGIFs because I’m usually so busy.


  8. Rick

    September 4, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Thank you bro! Enjoy the weekend.


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