In today's reading Jesus offers his first public sermon, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. At first the people seemed pleased, but Jesus pushes further. He suggest that while the people may indeed share a hope, they lack the faith to see how God is working toward its fulfillment, let alone the faith necessary to participate in that working. This exchange reminds us that we cannot bind God to human assumptions. God always works in ways that catch us off guard. If we aren't open to this possibility and aren't willing to trust, the hope we herald could pass us by.
January 21, 2021