Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Years ago during a routine confirmation class, I asked a dozen ninth graders to watch a video version of Jesus cleansing the temple. His face flushed with anger, Jesus proceeded to thrash moneyboxes, tables, and pigeon cages. Then I told my 15-year-olds to describe Jesus in five words. They rattled off the usual answers: "Jesus is loving, caring, gentle, nice, sweet, kind..." After a few minutes of sharing, Aaron, who is normally the quietest kid in the class, couldn't stand it anymore. "Hey, you guys," he blurted out, "are you describing Jesus Christ or Barney?"

-- Matthew Woodley


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