The next time Jesus doesn’t answer one of your questions, it may be because he’s waiting for you to come up with some answers of your own. The question is not, what will you say? It is, what will you do?
If you ever wonder why some people take issue with the Bible, wonder no more. Our reading from Luke’s gospel provides us the perfect example. It is just chock full of contradictions, and these contradictions come straight from the mouth of Jesus.
You see, the expression “good news” was not an altogether positive word for the people of Israel... at least not in Jesus’ day. It is many years since Jeremiah uttered these same prophetic words, but once again the people of Israel are on edge, not to mention held captive. This time it is the Romans and not the Babylonians. And while they are allowed to remain in their own land – they haven’t been taken into exile – they have discovered that exile is not so much a place as it is an imposition. It is no less an exile for Jesus’ people than it was for Jeremiah’s people.