1 Kings 22; 2 Kings 1-3; Acts 8

2 Kings2: 23-24 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on the way, some little boys came out of the city and jeered at him: “Go away, baldy; go away, baldy!” The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces.

This story taken at face value appalls, but commentary on it describes it as a popular story conveying the dignity of the prophet, probably told to small boys after they got fresh with the rabbi.  It’s a caricature of the behavior of Elisha and she-bears…although it could be taken as a metaphor for attending Catholic elementary school in the 1960s.  I see similarities between our pastor then and Elisha; of a number of my male classmates and these “little boys”, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph and she-bears.  We got torn to pieces on a regular basis, and deservedly so most of the time: Sister Agnes of the Divine Retribution, I tease, I joke – OWW!  Not the Holy Ruler of Antioch – OWW!  OWW!

GOD’S ANSWER:  Yes, those were the days!

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