Jesus’s world, like ours, was already quite nicely divided between the blessed and the cursed. But Jesus turned even these essential divisions around. And a new possibility for fellowship emerged.
“Isaiah understood his role was not only to proclaim the word of the Lord to the people. It was also to understand and to live the plight of the people – and to pray and even cry out to heaven on our behalf. The longing in Isaiah’s plea, ‘How long, O Lord’ is to bring a little touch of heaven to earth, especially in the midst of hard times.”
“What Jesus slips through is precisely what you and I get caught in, from the earliest moments of our lives. We accept the hometown terms for what matters. And we begin constructing selves we think will make the hometown people proud.”
“A revelation without warning, an insight out of nowhere, a brief glimpse of understanding, that feeling when something searched for clicks suddenly into place.”
“Maybe the things we like are actually the essential stuff of meaningful interactions with other people and the world around us. And maybe they matter, at least in part, because as much as every single human being needs to be loved, it may be impossible to know we are loved if we don’t believe we are liked.”