In a “Peanuts” comic strip, little Linus listens to Sally as she boasts about her religious zeal and her potential as an evangelist. She says to Linus,
I could be a terrific evangelist. Do you know that kid who sits behind me in school? I convinced him that my religion is better than his religion.
Linus asks, “How did you do that?”
To which Sally replies,
“I hit him with my lunch box!”
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus begins to provide His twelve Apostles with their instructions as New Testament evangelists. They are to carry out a ministry of healing, and in their preaching, they are to emphasize the people’s need to “repent”: change their way of living.
An anonymous writer has given us this story of an American tourist’s visit to the 19th century Polish Rabbi, Hofetz Chaim, who was looked upon by the people of his time as an extremely wise and saintly person. On his arrival…