December 1, 2008
A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
 understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
by Michele / December 2008

Jesus' words are rendered in red.  The word "honor" is highlighted in purple for your attention.

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From the Synoptic Gospels

Rejection at Nazareth

Matthew 13

Mark 6

[53] And it came to pass Jesus then finished these parables, [and] he departed from there. 

[54] And having come to his own native-land he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were amazed and were saying: Whence [is] this wisdom and power to this [man]? 

[55] Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 

[56] And are not all his sisters with us? Whence therefore are all these [things] to this [man]? 

[57] And they were being stumbled in him. So Jesus says to them: [a] prophet is not without honor except in his own native-land and in his house. 

[58] And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

[1] And he went out from there, and he comes to his native-land, and his disciples followed him. 

[2] And the Sabbath having come to pass he began to be teaching in the synagogue. And many who heard were astounded saying: From where [are] these [things] to this [one], and what [is] this wisdom given to this [one that] even such powers through his hands come to pass? 

[3] Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were stumbled in him. 

[4] And Jesus was saying to them that: [a] prophet is not dishonored except in his own native-land, and among his relatives and in his own house. 

[5] And he was not able to do any mighty work, except [a] few sick having laid on his hands he healed. 

[6] And he marveled at their unbelief. And he went around [about] the villages teaching.

Breaking Human Traditions

Matthew 15

Mark 7

[1] Then came to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes saying: 
[2] Why do your disciples transgress the traditions of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.
[3] But answering he said to them: And why do you transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
[4] For God said: Honor your father and your mother, and, The [one] speaking evil of father or mother shall be brought to the end by death.
[5] But you say: Whoever should say to his father or mother, That [thing] by which you may have profited by me [is] [a] gift [to God],
[6] he should not honor his father. And you make void the word of God by your tradition. 
[7] Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you when he says:
[8] This people honors me with their lips
But their heart holds off from me afar
[9] Futilely they worship me
Teaching [as] teachings [of] [God]
the commandments of men

[10] And calling out to the crowd he said to them: Be hearing and be understanding:
[11] not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

[1] And the Pharisees and some of the scribes are gathered to him having come from Jerusalem. 

[2] And having seen some of his disciples that with defiled hands, that is unwashed, eat bread, 
[3] —for the Pharisees and all the Jews, if they not wash to [the] fist their hands, they do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders.
[4] And from the fields, if they should not sprinkle, they do not eat, but indeed many things there are that they have received to be holding, [the] dipping of cups and pitchers and kettles and [dining] couches—
[5] and the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but with defiled hands eat bread? 
[6] But he says to them: Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you hypocrites, as it is written that:

This people honors me with their lips
But their heart holds off from me afar;
[7] But futilely they worship me
Teaching [as] teachings the commandments of men.

The Rich Young Man

Matthew 19

Mark 10

Luke 18

[16] And behold [one] having come to him said: Good teacher, What good [thing] should I do in order that I have eternal zoe-life?

[17] So he said to him: me concerning the good? [Only] one is goodWhy do you ask. But if you wish to enter into zoe-life, be keeping the commandments.

[18] He says to him: Which? So Jesus said: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness,

[19] Honor father and mother, and agape-love your neighbor as yourself.

[20] The young man says to him: All these have I kept  . What do I yet lack?

[21] Jesus said to him: If you wish to be complete, be going, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and Come! Be following me. 

[22] But when the young man heard this statement he went away troubled, for he was having many possessions.

[23] But Jesus said to his disciples: Truly I say to you that the rich hardly enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

[24] But again I say to you it is easier for [a] camel to go through the eye of [a] needle than for [the] rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

[25] When the disciples heard [this] they were exceedingly amazed saying: Who then is able to be saved?

[26] But looking at [them] Jesus said to them: With man this is impossible, but with God everything is possible.

[17] And when he went out into the road, [one] having run up and having knelt before him asked him, Good teacher, what should I do in order that I may inherit eternal zoe-life?

[18] But Jesus said to him: Why do you call me good? No one [is] good except one—God.

[19] You know the commandments: Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.

[20] But he said to him: Teacher, these [things] have I observed from childhood.

[21] But Jesus having fixed his gaze on him agape-loved him and said to him: One [thing] you lack. Be going, whatever you have sell and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and Come! Be following me. 

[22] But having been appalled upon this word, he departed being deeply pained, for he was having many possessions.

[23] And having looked [about], Jesus says to his disciples: How difficultly will those having possessions enter into the kingdom of God.

[24] But his disciples were being amazed at his words. But Jesus again answering says to them: Children, How difficult it is for those trusting upon possessions to enter into the kingdom of God.

[25] It is easier for [a] camel to go through the eye of the needle than for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God. 

[26] But they were being exceedingly amazed saying among themselves: And who is able to be saved? 

[27] Having fixed his gaze on them Jesus says: With man [it is] impossible, but not with God, for everything is possible with God.

[18] And one of the rulers asked him saying: Good teacher, what having done will I inherit eternal zoe-life

[19] But Jesus said to him: Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God. 

[20] You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not falsely witness, be honoring your father and mother. 

[21] But he said, All these [things] I have kept since youth. 

[22] But Jesus answering said to him: Yet one [thing] you lack. Sell all as much as you have and distribute [it] to the poor, and you will have treasure in the heavens, and Come! Be following me. 

[23] But when he heard these [things] he was become deeply pained, for he was greatly rich. 

[24] But seeing him Jesus said: How difficultly those having possessions enter into the kingdom of God. 

[25] For it is easier for [a] camel to enter through [a] needle hole than [for] the rich to enter into the kingdom of God. 

[26] But those who heard said: And who is able to be delivered? 

[27] But he said: the [things] impossible with men are possible with God.

Seven Woes

Matthew 23

[1] Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples
[2] saying: Upon the seat of Moses the scribes and Pharisees sit. 
[3] All therefore that they say to you, do and keep, but do not be doing according to their deeds, for they say and do not do.
[4] They bind heavy burdens and place them on the shoulders of men, but they will not move them with their finger. 
[5] But all their works they do to be seen by men, for the enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their hems,
[6] And they philia-love the place of honor in banquets and the first seats in the synagogues
[7] and the salutations in the synagogues and to be called by men Rabbi. 
[8] But do not be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, and all [of] you are brothers. 
[9] And do not call [anyone] your father on the earth, for one is your father in the heavens.
[10] neither be called leaders, for your leader is one, the Christ.
[11] But the greater of you will be your servant.
[12] But whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

On Seeking Seats of Honor

Luke 14:7-14

[7] But he was saying to those invited [a] parable, noticing  how they were choosing the first seats, saying to them:

[8] Whenever you be invited by someone to [a] wedding, do not lay back in the first seat, lest one more honored than you be invited by him,

[9] and coming the [one] having invited you and him will say to you: Give to this [one] the place, and then you begin with disgrace to be occupying the last place.

[10] But whenever you be invited, having proceeded you lay back in the last place, in order that when he come the [one] having invited you will say to you: Friend, move up higher. Then it will be to you glory before all those reclining with you.

[11] For everyone exalting himself will be humbled, and the [one] humbling himself will be exalted.

[12] But he was also saying to the [one] having invited him: Whenever you do [a] lunch or [a] dinner, be not calling your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and it become recompense to you.

[13] But whenever you would do [a] banquet, be calling poor, crippled, lame, blind,

[14] and you will be blessed, because they do not have to repay you. For it will be repaid to you in the resurrection of the just.

Responding to Jewish Leaders

John 5:16-23

[16] And because of this the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he did these [things] on the Sabbath.

[17] But he answered them: My father works until now and I [also] work;

[18] So because of this the Jews were seeking [even] more to kill [him], for he not only loosed the Sabbath, but he also was saying God [is his] own father, making himself equal to God.

[19] So Jesus was answering and was saying to them: Truly truly I say to you, the son is not able to be doing anything from himself, except what he may see the father doing. For what that [one] may do, these [things] the son also likewise does.

[20] For the father philia-loves the son and reveals everything to him which he does, and greater works than these he reveals to him, that you marvel.

[21] For as the father raises the dead and makes-zoe-alive, likewise also the son makes zoe-alive whom he wishes.

[22] For the father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the son,

[23] that all honor the son just as they may honor the father. The [one] not honoring the son does not honor the father who sent him.

   I Honor My Father
John 8

[48] The Jews answered and said to him: Did we not well say that you are [a] Samaritan and you have [a] demon? 

[49] Jesus answered: I do not have [a] demon, but [rather] I honor my father, and you dishonor me. 

[50] I do not seek my glory; there is the [one] seeking and judging. 

[51] Truly truly I say to you, if anyone keep my word, he will not see death to eternity.

John 12
[20] Now there were some Greeks going up in order that they worship in the festival.
[21] So these came to Phillip from Bethsaida of Galilee, and they were asking him saying: Lord, we want to see Jesus.
[22] Phillip comes and tells Andrew; Andrew comes—and Phillip, and they tell Jesus.
[23] So Jesus answers them saying: The hour is come that the son of man be glorified.
[24] Truly truly I say to you, unless [a] grain of wheat having fallen into the earth die, it remains alone, but if it die, it bears much fruit.
[25] The [one] philia-loving his psyche-life will lose it, and the [one] hating his psyche-life in this world will guard it to zoe-life eternal.
[26] If anyone be serving me, he must be following me, and where I am, there also will be the [one] serving me. If anyone be serving me, the father will honor him.

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