When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove [Jesus] out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.
“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
“There is no such thing as an innocent reading, we must ask what reading we are guilty of.”
It was such a lovely beginning! The local boy made good, reading the scriptures among the hometown folk. Sitting down, as was the custom, to then begin the discussion, according to custom. But it does not go where the good people expect. The story is told “slant”—a new interpretation of an old text—and in the blink of an eye they want Jesus to go vertical.
What just happened?
Jesus challenges their feel-good insider story with a reminder that God’s love extended outside their accepted relational bonds—to a widow outside of Israel when many were in need on the inside, to a foreign general, an enemy of the people, to a people like us who do not own this story, but are grateful recipients of it. What do we make of this kind of love?
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