Friday, October 7, 2022

End of the Talk

After Matthew 7:28-8:3

He finishes his words,

what he wants to say.

The ones around him

remain silent; the rest

of us are stunned.

This carpenter speaks

with the authority

of the rabbis. He’s less

than a scribe, yet 

his words poured forth

like a teacher of the law

as we’ve never heard

the law before. Surprise

is so deep that we don’t

know what to say, how

to accept these words,

this message. Never

have we heard words

like this. We watch

his descent from

the mount, and then

we followed. And

the first thing he did

was to heal a leper,

heal with a touch,

demonstrating authority.


Photograph by Thom Milkovic via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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