Newsman at a Loss for Words

The news reporter gained his fame looking for news in the most difficult of places.  He turned over stones to get to the truth, risked personal danger, and walked where angels fear to tread.  Uncovering the facts, the cold, hard irrefutable facts and reporting them to the world was his life’s goal.  The public mind was stretched in disbelief when he described the conditions he had seen at a German concentration camp.  “I pray,” he said, “you believe what I have said about [this camp].  I have reported what I saw and heard, but only part of it.  For most of it I have no words...” Thus spoke Edward R.  Murrow, of American newscasting fame, who spoke bold truth about the bad news of the Second World War….

It’s a funny thing, isn’t it, that people don’t always want to believe the truth.  Whether it is Murrow’s bad news or the women’s good news, the truth can be shocking, striking, unbelievable, and more than we can comprehend.  Emaciated bodies in a chain linked pen and a dead man who has come to life are both such unreal manifestations of life and death that we pretend they are not so.  Like the apostles’ first response, we are very likely to deny the truth.  Without eyewitnesses, without photo confirmations, without wounds that we can touch, we relegate them to the pile of idle tales that we ignore, figments of someone’s naïve or overactive imagination, too gruesome to believe or too wonderful to be real.

- from a sermon posted on the Midrash e-discusson group
St. Luke’s United Church of Christ
April 8, 2007
Rev. Lyn Reith
Luke 24:1-12
“Extra!  Extra!  Read All About It!”
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