Re:Verse reading– Mark 6:1-13 (day three)
“Isn’t this the carpenter?” One generally does not welcome surprises. Beyond the very few instances of well-meaning diversions—a gift kept secret until the unwrapping, a longed-for family member who shows up for the holidays after all—surprises interfere with one’s ability to meet the demands of the day while time still remains to meet them. If you learn that something you thought you knew you actually do not know, that’s a surprise. If the matter turns out to be one on which your well being will always depend, surprise turns to fear and confusion. Fear and confusion will take the place of listening and thinking. That’s the way we often approach new ideas. But Jesus came in the flesh, not as a disembodied idea. He is a person to whom you can listen. Hear him.