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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)

TITLE: Rebel with a Cause
By Sandra Perry
08/17/04

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“Did you see that? He should be ashamed of himself, the way he carries on with those… those… miscreants!”

“Miriam, please keep your voice down. You don’t want people to hear you!”

“Micah, I don’t care who hears. Something has to be done about that young man. He’s keeping company with an awful lot. Tax collectors, thieves… and now… dare I say… prostitutes! I know his mother and I know that she raised him for better than this!”

“Miriam, dear, please try to calm down.”

“I can’t calm down. You dragged me to that house to hear him teach. I admit he was doing a lovely job, but then… I… I just can’t believe … who let THAT woman in the house in the first place!”

“I don’t know, Miriam.”

“Well, it’s a disgrace I tell you. Women like that should not be allowed in polite company. Jesus would have done well to dismiss her, but NO! He welcomed HER! He knew good and well what kind of woman she was and he let her… he let her… he let her… touch him! First she dumped that expensive perfume all over his feet, then she had the audacity to wipe it off with her hair of all things. Why, I’ve never been subjected to such a perverse scene in all my life! What on earth do you think was accomplished by that little display? A waste of time and a waste of good money if you ask me.”

“She seemed repentant, Miriam. Maybe we should give her the benefit of the doubt. Jesus seemed to forgive her. Maybe we should too.”

“It’s not up to Jesus to forgive! He needs to remember his place, Micah. There are rules for a reason. Jesus should remember who he is!”

© Sandra Perry 2004


Member Comments
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J. C. Lamont08/23/04
This was the title for my story as well, but at the last minute I changed it. Enjoyable read.
darlene hight08/23/04
Nice job!
Sylvia Spielman08/23/04
Sandra, this was great. Two of my favorite characters of the Bible are the Samaritan woman and the woman with the alabaster box. This is a wonderful description of what the pious may have been thinking. Good job! Sylvia
Mary Elder-Criss08/24/04
Ah, won't there always be women (and men) like Miriam? Judging in self-righteousness without seeing what lies within a person's heart. Good piece of writing.
Melanie Kerr 08/24/04
I liked the last line about Jesus remembering who he was! Excellent dialogue. What a bossy opinionated woman - it could have been me in my worst moments!
Lucian Thompson08/24/04
Woo…sure glad I wasn’t there to hear all the gripping! Wait, I do believe I witnessed pretty much the same thing in church, the other day, when a homeless lady staggered through the door and sat down beside one of our uppities.
Sheila Boyd08/25/04
This is also a good example that people never change, but then neither does Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever. Good job.
Roberta Kittrell08/26/04
Wonderful. Well-written. Good grasp on that portion of Scripture. As one reads it, one is there watching it unfold.
L.M. Lee08/26/04
surprisingly profound! Reminded me of people sitting in church talking about others.

loved the last line...Jesus should remember who HE is! great!