Friday, January 25, 2008

Epiphany 3

Thoughts toward a sermon. Readings are here.

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he
withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,

The frustrating thing about the Gospels is the lack of details about motivation - feelings - etc. I am meditating on how it must have been for Jesus - he and John have been having a big time running around preaching about God -- now the reality of arrest and the future hits him. He moves away from his home of childhood to Capernaum by the sea. I can see him taking a while there - sleeping in, keeping a low profile - walking by the sea, doing a few handy man carpentry jobs for food --- did he get the baptism message right? did he really say those things in the wilderness? It is a transition moment for Jesus - and he steps out on the beach ....