To misunderstand what Jesus is saying to us is so very human. It is so very us. To be afraid of approaching Jesus for fear of how he will react is heartbreaking. But also so very human, and so very us.
If I ever write my own version of the Bible, "Jesus sighed" will be its own standalone verse, just like "Jesus wept." Seriously, people should quote it more.
This is Jesus as #TheResistance, getting right up in the face of the Kingdom gatekeepers, defending the poor and the weak. This Jesus makes my little liberal heart swell. But then this other story drops in, casually and unwelcome, like a fart in an elevator.
Jesus has been preaching and healing, healing and preaching. And it's going well. We are now past the point where he's a hipster messiah that only the "cool" sick people know about. People are coming from miles around to watch him do his thing. And then, things get really weird. I'm not going to quote the whole… Continue reading Mark 6 – It’s a dinosaur!
The truth is, the Church has a long history of excluding undesirables, sometimes altogether, sometimes from leadership, and sometimes relegating them to second class status. People whose skin color is the wrong shade. People who are the wrong gender. People who love wrong. We are not nearly as evolved from these first century Jews as we'd like to think.
Jesus wasn't a baker. He was a carpenter and a storyteller and (apparently) an amateur -- excuse me, artisanal -- wine maker. So maybe he makes the happy couple a nice china hutch. And he probably whips up a mean batch of pinot. But he doesn't bake a dang cake. Because cake-baking is just not his thing.