The Naïveté of Jesus

(Matthew 7:9-10)

The story is told of Jesus’ confident questions.
What parent asked for a piece of bread
would hand a child a stone?
And who would give a son or daughter
who holds out a dinner plate
for a piece of fish– a snake instead?

Smug, but clueless, our Savior,
for I have been to family court
and I have heard the speeches
of politicians.

We are in a time of desperate dentistry,
and when I walk among God’s children,
I carry an anti-venom kit.

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3 Responses to The Naïveté of Jesus

  1. Pam says:

    So necessary! Other words of Jesus that come to mind: “The Son of Man has no place to lay his head” feeling a little heavy in the heart this am after last night!

  2. Rev. R. Matthew Stevens says:

    Spot on! However, perhaps the seeming naïveté of Jesus is in fact a challenge for we supposed Christians to make real in birthing the Kin-dom of Creator.

  3. Maren says:

    I imagine that it is! However, in this country we seem to be big on not knock-and-the-door-will-be opened but lock-the-door-and-put-our-own-name-on-it!

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