Jesus doesn't do his hometown any special favors, reaching out to those who are more in need. They got mad about it. Could there be some deep seated fear?
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Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.
January 31, 2016 - Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
"Privilege". Text is from Luke 4:21-30
Good morning to you my sisters and brothers in Christ, saints and sinners, children of God.
No sooner is Jesus speaking the good news that the fulfillment of all of the hopes and dreams of the people of Israel from the prophet Isaiah has come to pass, that those selfsame people of Israel begin to turn on him. And not just any people but the ones from his own home town, Nazareth, those who watched him as a child, watched him grow up and had him sitting in the temple teaching to them. Because while the prophecy of the coming salvation is all well and good, the idea that they might have to take a second seat to others. That the good news might not be to his home town folk first and then to others later.