After the Manifesto

When he told them that the scripture they had heard had been fulfilled,

people nodded, praised the grace with which he spoke and then recalled

who his people were and where he’d come from, thinking they might get

some consideration like he had done elsewhere but not nearby yet.


Hometown crowds are hard and often don’t accept the folks they know

who have gained a reputation somewhere else outside the city wall.

When a local one makes good and spreads the benefits abroad

he or she might well be seen as causing an offense to God.


In a flash, opinion changed from friendly praise to angry rage.

Out of town and up a hill they drove him to where he became

once again the one in charge of what the crowd would see and say.

They intended his demise, but he passed through and walked away.   


Photo: “Pine Cliffs, Praia do Inatel, Albufeira, Portugal – 2072” by HereIsTom is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Source: Luke 4:21-30

Text: David Alexander, 2022  CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune: Rustington, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission

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