Re:Verse reading—Luke 6:17-45 (day three)
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” The getting of our goat consists in the favor that God lavishes on other men—that we cannot be the arbiters of the Lord’s grace. Those without any learning, any power, any influence were esteemed by God? Surely this was novel theology. Jesus repeatedly declared, however, that his detractors hadn’t listened to the very prophets they accused him of misrepresenting. Even Jesus’s own disciples boasted that they had shut down others who acted in the name of Jesus because they weren’t part of the Twelve. But God’s grace will not be held hostage to our spiritual poll taxes. The disenfranchised are right at the center of God’s attention, and should be at ours. If the lowliest aren’t blessed in your presence, in whose presence will they be?