It sounds like Jeremiah gives the wrong answer to each and every question, except God hears it differently. God hears humility, innocence, meekness—this different kind of strength.
“Working in a restaurant as a waiter teaches us something about life, this world, and our faith.”
Jesus seems to be walking towards something, but the disciples are afraid to ask him about it.
We break bread, gathering for worship in order to be fed, and then we are sent forth in order to feed others.
The voice of Jesus helps us find clarity in this wider conversation throughout scripture, as those words point us beyond the pages to the presence of God with us.
Real authority—as seen in the life Jesus—is based on humility, service, passion, forgiveness: where Love is stronger than any other force.
When I view this text from the perspective of Jesus, and pay attention to his every move and word, I see someone who mastered the ability to allow interruptions to become opportunities.
Weathering a storm that is temporary can be challenging, but enduring its lasting effects can be even harder.
When Paul got to Damascus, if he found anyone in the synagogue who were followers of “The Way”—which were followers of Jesus—he would have the authority to bind them and take them back for judgement. But, along the way, Paul—who was known as Saul, at this point—was given a new pair of glasses.
A visible, chronic illness was oftentimes thought to be a curse—perhaps from God, or even the work of something evil. So, people who had an unclean illness were seen to have an unclean spirit, and disconnected from everyone around them—held at arm’s length, so loneliness accompanied them wherever they went.