Home away from home
Home is where the heart is
Home by another way
home again home again
Home is, I think we can all agree more than a house It’s a place we return to again and again for security, for reassurance, for rest, for comfort.
And yet, stay in it for too long, in that cocoon of comfort and we get so comfortable we may not leave. There are those who cannot leave because of physical limitations, but they are exempt from this line of thinking. Comfort zones are just that. They have permitters, zoning, lines drawn in the sand, ad we know this because when we begin to leave our comfort zones, we have
Things of beauty change and grow. Look at the natural world, a flower,
This morning’s scripture is a continuation of last weeks. Last week, Jesus has returned to his hometown. All was going well. He reads from Isaiah. A passage they would have heard a thousand times. Interestingly though, he leaves out the verses that lay calm to vengeance on enemies. Luke doesn't tell us that and Luke doesn’t mention what the reaction of the listeners would have been to that. But we can do our best to imagine. There were people then just as there are today, who cannot imagine justice without punishment and revenge of those who were against them.
But this isn’t what turns the crowd around. In fact, at this point, all are sitting back enjoying, amazed at his maturity and wisdom, Hey that’s Joseph’s kid, isn’t it?
But this is here the scripture takes a turn. Jesus is the one who turns this around. All the crowd did was say, hey kid we’re proud to call you one of our own.
But Jesus predicts to them what they will say to him-
Verse 23- “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” 24And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.
Cure thyself, meaning do for us what you’ve done for others. Surely we should matter more, we raised you, we looked out for you, I brought casseroles to your mother when she was sick.
Kahil Gibran said it so well-
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
It would have been nice if Jesus could have used those words, but instead, Jesus is a rather harsh-No prophet is truly welcomed at home band then drives his point home by reminding them with specific examples.
Of all the windows, many of whom were in Israel, during a great famine, the prophet Elijah was sent by God to none of them, except to a widow in Sidon. And of all the lepers that God could have sent Elisha to, he cleansed the Syrian.
And that’s where it gets ugly. Jesus is professing that what he knows to be true of his own people. That they are trying to claim him for himself, but God is bigger than any claim of theirs. God is the God who crosses borders into foreign lands to heal. God doesn't stay inside any comfort zone because God knows no zones.
As David Lose said so well, “ Whenever you or I draw a line around who's in and who's out, we will find Jesus on the other side.”
Christ calls for us to leave our comfort zone and enter into a relationship with that person, those people. Whoever they are for us. entering into
When we leave home, leave our comfort zone we grow
The crowd is so upset with Jesus, they try to throw him off a cliff. When I first read that I wrote it off as some rhetorical device of Luke’s to make a point. They got really angry. But Luke didn’t stop there. Luke made it violent. That would never happen, I thought.
And then I remembered scenes from around the world and our own country in the last few years. Scenes of violence, people claiming white supremacy, citing KKK rhetoric, as though we’ve learned nothing. I thought of bombs and gunmen in synagogues as though nothing was learned from the
Violence is not a rhetorical device used by Gospel writers. It’s a reflection of what happens hen ideologies become extreme in their claim on God as belonging only to them.
Extremism is born somewhere. It begins at home, there in the quiet places of the heart that says, they are not one of me, not my kind. Why would God travel to other lands to heal when we have our own suffering right here?
Jesus tells us why. God is bigger than
If extremism is born
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.