They look at him and see what they want to see.
They easily create their boxes and put him inside,
Contain the uncontainable in their own small world,
Hem in the one who is larger than time and space.
They do what they always do –
Prejudge so they can keep change at bay.
Dismiss anything that might challenge their preconceived ideas.
He looks at them and sees their small worldview,
Longs for them to open their eyes and soften their hearts.
He knows they are itching to dismiss him, but he cannot dismiss them.
He has come for this very reason – to open eyes and redeem worldviews,
To offer a bright new way to those trapped in the shadows of the old.
So they panic and build their walls,
Talk of geography and boundaries and outward appearances,
Every brick a misguided opinion.
Perhaps one day they will see the carpenter again,
After he has made his epic journey through pain and death.
Perhaps one day the light of resurrection will dawn on them,
Freeing them, softening their hearts and opening their minds.
Freeing all of us – drawing us out of the shadows
And softening our hearts and opening our minds…
Based on Mark 6 vv 1-3