What Doesn’t Jesus Require of Us?

We’ve probably all had some conversations lately about Charlie Hebdo, free speech and causing offence to religious people.

My first thought was that institutions and the people who run them are always fair game for  satirists but maybe leave the deities and prophets alone – a là Monty Python who set out to lampoon Jesus in Life of Brian but, on reading the gospels, found there wasn’t anything to lampoon.

Then the Pope made his “punch in the nose” comment.

Even though it jarred, it took a while for me to realise the obvious.

WWJD? No. What did Jesus do?


spat on


jeered at



“Father forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”

Religious slogans on bracelets make me feel a bit queasy but, all the same, the Pope could have used one last week.

Jesus doesn’t require our indignation.


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