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By Jerome German, Crisis Magazine, April 12, 2022

Jerome German is a retired manufacturing engineer, father of eleven, and grandfather of a multitude. His parochial activities have included music ministry, faith formation, and spiritual direction/talks for men’s retreats. …

I have lost count of the number of homilies in which I have been told that (a) Jesus was among the poorest of the poor and that (b) Jesus was illiterate. These claims seem nothing more to me than the crooning of over-zealous social justice warriors. To be sure, Christ was comfortable in the midst of the poorest of the poor and counted them as His own. But Scripture very clearly has Him reading from a scroll in the synagogue and expounding upon it, so He definitely was not illiterate.

And far from being a dumpster diver, Christ was a carpenter, a skilled laborer in wood and stone; a builder, an artisan, a man who owned tools and worked with His hands.  …

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