Just before His first meeting with Simon Peter, Jesus gave this sermon at the local synagogue:
“The Spirit makes Me read the following to you from Jeremiah 7:”Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Amend your behaviour and your actions and i will stay with you here in this place. Put no trust in delusive words like these: This is the Sanctuary of Yahweh! The Sanctuary of Yahweh, the Sanctuary of Yahweh! But if you do amend your behaviour and your actions, if you treat each other fairly, if you do not exploit the stranger, the orphan and the widow, if you do not shed innocent blood in this place and if you do not follow alien gods, to your own ruin, then here, in this place, i will stay with you, in the land that long ago i gave to your father forever'”.
Listen, Israel. Here I am to illuminate for you the words of light, which your dimmed souls can no longer see or understand. Listen. There is much weeping in the land of the People of God: old people cry remembering past glories, adults cry because they are bent under the yoke, children cry because they have no prospects of future glory. But the glory of the earth is nothing compared to a glory which no oppressor, except Mammon and ill will, can take away.
Why are you crying? Because the Most High, Who was always good to His people, has turned His face elsewhere and no longer allows Is Children to see His Face. Is He not the God Who parted the sea, made Israel cross it, led the m through the desert, fed them and defended the, from their enemies ……and that they might not lose the way to Heaven, He gave them a Law for their souls as He sent them a cloud for their bodies? …..Is He no longer the God That sweetened the waters and sent manna to His worn out children? Is He not the God Who wanted you to settle in His land and made alliance with you as Father with His children? Well, then, why has the foreigner struck you?
Many amongst you mumble: “And yet the temple is here!” It is not enough to have the Temple and to go and pray God in it. The first temple is in the heart of everyman and that is where holy prayers should be said….. But a prayer cannot be holy unless the heart first amends its way of living and with His heart, man also amends his habits, affections, the rules of justice towards the poor, servants, relatives and God.
Now look. I see rich hard-hearted men who make rich offerings to the Temple but. Ever say to a poor man:” Brother, here is a pie e of bread, and a penny. Take them, from man to man, and let not my help discourage you as my offering may not make me proud.” …..I see people who in their prayers, complain to God because He does not hear their prayers promptly; then, when a poor wretch, very often a relative, says to them:” Listen to me” heartlessly, they reply “No”……I see you crying because your money is squeezed out of your pockets by your ruler. But then, you squeeze blood out of those you hate and you are not filled with horror when you take the blood and life away from a body.
O Israel! The time of Redemption has come. Prepare its ways in your hearts with good will. Be honest….good…..love one another…..The rich must not despise the poor, merchants must not defraud…..the poor must not envy the rich. You are all of one blood and you belong to one God…..You are all called to one destiny. Do not shut, with your sins, the Heavens that the Messiah will open for you. Have you erred so far? Err no longer. Abandon all errors.
The law is simple, easy and good as it goes back to the original ten commandments, illuminated by the light of love. Come. I will show you which they are: love, love, love. God’s love for you. Your love for God. Love for your neighbours. Always love, because God is love and those are the father’s children who know how to live love.
I am here for every body and to give everybody the light of God. Here is the word of the Father that becomes food for you. Come, taste, change the blood of your spirits with this food. Let every poison vanish, let every lust die. A new glory is offered to you: the eternal one, to which all those will come whose hearts will truly study the Law of God .
Start from love, there is nothing greater. When you know how to love, you will already know everything, and God will love you, and God’s love means help against all temptations. May the blessing of God be to those who turn to God with their hearts full of good will.”
Jesus is silent. The people whisper. Then they sing hymns, many of which are psalms, before they break up.