We live in the compulsion of gratitude


Our Gospel reading tells us, “Jesus answered, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him on the last day. The prophets wrote, ‘The Almighty Judge will teach them all. Everyone listening to my Father and learns from him comes to me.” “Jesus,” in Hebrew, means salvation. Jesus tells us in John 10:3, “The gatekeeper opens for the sheep’s shepherd; the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them; the sheep follow him; they recognize his voice.”

No one comes to salvation/Jesus unless Abba calls them:

Moses summoned all those who struggle with Almighty Judge, telling them, Hear, you who struggle with Almighty Judge, the customs and what comes from the lips of Almighty Judge, which I proclaim in your hearing, this day, to learn them and guard to do them. The Personal Name, our Almighty Judge, made a Brit with us at Horeb; not with our fathers did the Personal Name make this Brit, but with us, each of us, alive, here, this day. I am the Personal Name your Almighty Judge, who brought you out of the land of Oppression, the house of menial labor.

What follows is the Ten Commandments. It is important to note that the Mitzvah of Torah could not work if ever directly applied in society. ! Maccabees chapter 2 relates how Antiochas Epiphanes attacked the Jewish community on Sabbath. The Jewish community had to decide between self defense and Sabbath violation. This is an issue none of the Jewish kings, prophets or judges had to address. If Sabbath had been understood as the Maccabees understood it, this should have been addressed far sooner.

Deuteronomy 19:15 tells us how it takes two witness to convict a person of a capital crime. Circumstancial evidence such as fingerprints, DNA… are not admissable. How many criminals commit violent crimes in front of two or three witnessses?

Criminal justice research shows us how witnesses can be manipulated into remembering events fundamentally differenty than they actually occured. A culture with such a rule would have learned this long before Maccabees, or even Solomon. This rule must also come from a later date.

All of the Jewish people came out of Egypt. After the 10 plagues, there was no going back. There was only going forward. Pharaoh was angry.The people grumbled about life in the desert; they did transverse it in 100 plus degree heat. Like sheep, they found little choice but to follow Moses. The Hebrew people could have tried returning to Egypt, or refused to leave. They could have gone their own way. Something compelled them through a hot arid desert to an oasis they only knew through the traditions of their elders and the words of Moses, who also had never seen the place.

In the story of St. Paul’s conversion, he dies. Lightning flashes, he sees a great light, and hears a voice. Everyone near him hears a Phone, a tone, a sound. St. Paul hears Jesus talking with him. Jesus calls St. Paul by name. St. Paul died that day. From then on, he preaches about the need to die in Christ to live with Christ. St. Paul talks about baptism as a real death and rising to new life, Romans 6:3-6. He grumbles about his life, but keeps trudging forward, and at the end of his life, he wins the race.

Everything the Father gives me will come to me. I will not reject anyone who comes to me… I will not lose anything he gave me, but will raise it on the last day. This is the will of my Father; everyone who theories the Son and believes in him will have eternal life. I will raise him on the last day.” Yes, the Greek term is “Theory.” It means more than seeing. It means contemplating, and is the term the oracles going to Delphi used to consult their mediums. It does not matter how many times we get into Torah and Gospel. It only matters how often it gets into us. This comes from the conversion experience of the transfiguration and the traumatic experience of St. Paul.

Jesus loses none of his sheep. They all feel the compulsion, the compulsion, which comes from gratitude from feeling salvation/Jesus. There is no reason to debate the non-Christian. Either they are the pre-conversion St. Paul, or God does not call them at all. Future Christian or non-Christian is not for us to know. They are like the men with St. Paul at the time of his conversion. St. Paul could argue about what he saw. They only heard a Phone, a tone. Nothing will convince them otherwise.

Ephesians 4:31 tells us, “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all lack of Menschenheit. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God forgave you in Christ.” “Mensch,” comes from Yiddish meaning a Tzaddic, a man with the divine spark to go beyond the law. A person lacking Menschenheit does not have this divine spark, which comes through baptism. If we are reborn in baptism, we are brothers and sisters who will live with each other for the rest of eternity. We show God we can get do this by getting along now.

We relate to each other through reliving our salvation/Jesus experience, standing at the foot of Mt. Sinai, our participation in the transfiguration, and in the Eucharist. This brings that sense of having gone through the traumatic experience, which drives us to be as the sheep of John 10, aiding each other in every way we can. This is Tzaddakah/Justice/charity.

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