Reflection: (For further reading: Luke 4:22-30)
Jesus was a marginalised person. He was rejected by people in his hometown of Nazareth, as a Galilean, on the outskirts of the more powerful Jerusalem centre, and as a Jew, a minority in the Roman empire. However, Jesus also chose to stay in the margins. He didn’t seek power and influence but rather, chose to engage with fishermen, questionable women, the sick, tax collectors and ‘sinners’ (Lk 5:30-32).
On the cross, Jesus faces the ultimate marginalisation in the rejection he faced by both humanity and the Father. But it is through this sacrifice that he brings community for us and each other.
Liminality is the creative opportunity that arises from marginalisation. As Christianity faces more and more hostility in the West, we need not be fearful of the “disorienting and bewildering experience of liminality” (Lee Sang Hyun). Jesus already experienced this and has overcome it, giving us acceptance and belonging in his kingdom.
Question: What challenge does Jesus pose for us who seek acceptance, security, and influence?
Prayer: Almighty Father and King, thank you for experiencing marginalisation on our behalf. Help us not to seek worldly comfort or power; but rather, help us follow you in the margins and rest in the acceptance that we have in your family and kingdom.