Ultimate Concern


From Amy-Jill Levine’s Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi: “Jesus, the historical Jesus, cared about prioritizing. In light of the inbreaking of the kingdom of heaven, which is already here as his followers found manifested in his presence and yet to come as manifested by the full presence of justice, we are forced to act. We are forced to determine what we must do to prepare for this new reality. What do we keep and what do we divest? How would we live if we knew ultimate judgment was coming on Tuesday? What are our neighbors’ ultimate concerns, and what are ours? Once we know that material goods will only collect rust or dust, and once we know that the only thing that counts is treasure in heaven, surely we must find a new way to live.”



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