The mystics of early days tried to make…

. The mystics of early days tried to make themselves holier by withdrawing from society and living the life of a recluse or a monk. But living in a hole does not make one holier. Some of the greatest names in religious history were hermits, which when translated means desert-dwellers: Basil, Jerome, Benedict. It was believed that this was the key to exceptional holiness and spirituality. One such mystic, Simon Stylites lived 40 years on top of a 45 ft. high, 6 foot in diameter inaccessible column on a Syrian mountain. His food was lifted to him by rope and basket. But Jesus was no hermit and he didn’t tell us to be. In fact, Jesus went to weddings and dinner parties and Jesus was called the friend of sinners and publicans. When he was criticized for hanging out with the riff-raff of Jerusalem, he told them that healthy people don’t need a doctor; sick people do. And he was a soul doctor and came to heal the sick and save the lost. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

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