The Lectionary passages for Proper 5 (Year B) contain the story of the time Jesus' family thought he had gone crazy. His ideas and practices were so far outside of their comfort zone that they thought he'd gone nuts. The text says: “When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind" (Mark 3:21).
This is what I love about him. Unexpected, unconventional, challenger of expectations and assumption; dumping old paradigms for what's sane and respectable and inventing new ones made out of entirely different stuff.
Christ, you arrived on earth with a lot of harebrained ideas.
People thought you were crazy
For your unconventional brand of kindness,
For breaking rules,
For making unexplainable miracles happen,
For re-interpreting scripture,
For rejecting violent means ,
For consorting with sinners,
For re-defining family (1);
For giving unexpected advice:
Like, love your enemies
Pray for those who persecute you
Consider the poor
You baffled everybody you met, from the time you were a child.
You’re still astounding us now.
It’s this same unpredictable grace,
This dazzling mercy,
This lively Love
This upside-down agenda,
That captures our imaginations many years after you last walked the earth in flesh.
We are captivated by you.
Look, here are our hearts:
Put your own heart in us.
Look, here are our minds:
Look, here are our hands:
Show us the work to do.
Look, here are our voices:
Teach us to speak mercy.
You, crazy old Jesus! You ineffable Force of Love:
You’re the one we want to follow.
1) Mark 3:35