“Nero fiddled while Rome burned.”


The high priests picked up the silver pieces, but then didn’t know what to do with them. “It wouldn’t be right to give this—a payment for murder!—as an offering in the Temple.” They decided to get rid of it by buying the “Potter’s Field” and use it as a burial place for the homeless.

— Matthew 27:6-8

There is a phrase that “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” In other words, Nero misses the only thing that is really important. The Pharisees debated what to do with the 30 pieces of silver while they committed the larger sin of murder. Then tried to hide it under the pious veneer of buying a graveyard for the poor.  Jesus had a lot to say about our focus on insignificant issues while ignoring the weightier matters of loving God and loving neighbor.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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