Friday, May 20, 2011

But! Are you smarter than Jesus?

"But as for that day and hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, no one but the Father alone." (Matthew 24:36)

I remember a priest once giving a homily about the end of the world. He said that he used to frequent a street fair every week. He loved their fried chicken and he would go to get the chicken, visit with people and listen to live music.
While he was there, a man was parading around with a sign: "One month until the end of the world!"
"Three weeks to the end of the world!"
"Two weeks until the end of the world!"
The priest would watch him marching around with his sign, handing out pamphlets and telling people to be saved or they would be left behind.
Finally, the sign read that there were just a few days until the end of the world. My priest walked up to the man and said, "Wow,  you know the end of the world is coming!"
"I do," said the man.
"You must be very smart to have figured that out," said the priest. "In fact, you must be smarter than Jesus."
The man was GREATLY offended because HOW can you be smarter than JESUS?
"Well," said the priest, "Jesus said that He doesn't know when the world will end. It's right there in Matthew. Jesus said that only the Father knows when the end will come. You must be smarter than Jesus to have figured it out."
The man left, the priest kept eating his chicken and the world didn't end.

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