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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
65

In traveling to Jerusalem
he passed through the middle of Samaria and Galilee.
As he entered a certain village, ten lepers met him;
they stood at a distance and lifted their voices
saying, "Jesus, master, have mercy on us."

Seeing he said to them,
"Go show yourselves to the priests."

As they were going, they were cleansed.
But one of them, seeing that he was cured,
turned back with a loud voice praising God,
and he fell on his face at his feet thanking him;
he was a Samaritan.

Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed?
Where are the nine?
Was no one found turning back to give praise to God
except this foreigner?"

He said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."

Questioned by the Pharisees
when the sovereignty of God is coming,
he answered them,
"The sovereignty of God is not coming with observation,
nor will they say, 'Look, here,' or 'There;'
for look, the sovereignty of God is within you.

"If those who lead you say to you,
'Look, the sovereignty is in heaven,'
then the birds of heaven will precede you.
If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,'
then the fish will precede you.
But the sovereignty is within and outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known
and you will know that you are the sons of the living Father.
But if you do not know yourselves,
then you are in poverty, and you are poverty."

He told them a parable toward the necessity
of their always praying and not despairing:
"There was a judge in a certain town
neither fearing God nor regarding a person.
A widow was in that town, and she came to him
saying, 'Vindicate me against my opponent.'
He would not for some time;
but after awhile he said to himself,
'Even though I do not fear God or regard a person,
because this widow keeps causing me trouble
I will vindicate her,
lest in the end she wear me out with her coming.'

"Listen to what the judge of injustice said.
Will not God also make vindicated his chosen ones
who cry to him day and night,
and be patient with them?
I tell you that he will make them vindicated quickly.
Nevertheless when the human son comes,
will he find faith on the earth?"

He also said this parable
to some of those confident by themselves
that they are just and despising the rest:
"Two people went up to the temple to pray,
one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee standing prayed to himself these things:
'God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity,
greedy, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector;
I fast twice a week,
and I tithe a tenth of everything I acquire.'

"But the tax collector standing at a distance
would not even lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast,
saying, 'God, be gracious to me, a sinner.'
I tell you, this one went down to his home
justified rather than the other;
for everyone exalting oneself will be humbled,
and the one humbling oneself will be exalted."

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