Jesus is travelling, as he often was,
and recruiting for the cause of freedom.
Here, in the wild borderland,
he finds ten recruits,
but nine fall away, can't face up.
When they were told to witness to authority
about their new allegiance to The Way,
only one managed to do so.
It is the same today!
Perhaps the message is
that we need to test our new recruits;
that conversion can not be trusted until,
it has been tested under stress,
or affirmed when under threat;
that an easy faith is
When we call ourselves "Christian"
we need to be ready for opposition.
When we affirm our religion,
we need to think it through;
have thought it through.
When our ideas, these ideas, differ from orthodoxy,
"we" must be ready to provide a reasoned repost
to the inevitable criticism of authority,
born of their realisation of weakness
in the magical tales that they tell.