A fascinating talk exploring the strangeness of the resistance that formed against Jesus and the Good News he was proclaiming. Tom looks in some detail at Mt:2 and Lk:4 and tries to uncover the dynamic that operates when God enters the human condition ostensibly as ‘good news’ but for many he somehow becomes ‘bad news’ which causes them to harden in their opposition to him. These people, Tom suggests, have vested interests (like wealth, learning and power) that makes it impossible for them to be open to his message. Why does the coming of Jesus create an existential crisis that will determine who is open and who is closed, who grows in holiness and who stagnates in hardness of heart?
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