If you think you have God figured out, you don’t

 If you think you have God figured out, you don’t

A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Readings: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21

What is the Talmud? Pyotr, a Russian soldier, asks that question of Jewish partisans fighting Nazis in Primo Levi’s If Not Now, When? (1982): “Is it your Book of the Gospels?”

How does one explain this collection of Jewish ceremonial law and legend to an outsider? Rather than offer an explanation, a Jew named Pavel draws the man into an experience of the Talmud.

Just what the Talmud is I can explain to you with an example. Now pay close attention. Two chimney sweeps fall down a chimney; one emerges covered with soot, the other emerges perfectly clean. Now I ask you: which of the two goes to wash himself?

Suspecting a trap, Pyotr looked around as if in search of help. Then he gathered his courage, and replied: “The dirty…

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