Commentary on the Gospel of



A characteristic of the age of Jesus was a mad thirst for ‘signs.’  The pseudo-messiah Theudas promised that he would enable his followers to march across the river Jordan dry-shod (an attempt to echo Moses at the Red Sea).  Jesus would have nothing to do with such a spectacular hoaxing.  “I tell you for a fact, no sign will be given to this generation.”  The Presence of God is not some spectacular novelty, but something that pervades all of life, as the yeast pervades the lump of dough.


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