... this is a hard saying, and who can hear it?
But Jesus, knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you?
So the pastors murmured just a tudge more, What if we were to find our voice and tell the Lord that we want to help him avert an almost certain fiasco? What if we told him that we think it unwise to teach this stuff until our people have been consulted in an adult manner that truly honors their intelligence and their baptismal birthright? What if we just said, “Wait, not until our people are ready for this new doctrien, but until the new doctrine ready for our people”?
What if the other rabbis were to appeal to you for a time of reflection and consultation on this subject, and on the process whereby this teaching will be given to the people?
What if, before spreading this around, we do some “market testing?”
What if for the space of a year this is only expressed to a select few, with carefully planned catechesis and thorough, honest evaluation?
Wouldn’t such an experiment yield valuable information?
And wouldn’t such an experiment make it much easier to convince people when this idea ready?
In short, what if we were to trust our best instincts and defend our people from this ill-conceived disruption of their faith life?
And Jesus said...