Family Values Revisited
Rev. Randy L. Quinn
This passage begins with Jesus going home.
I pause over that word whenever I read it. I pause over
it because I know it's a powerful concept. Home. The place where we are
formed, the place where we are protected, the place where we are loved.
Where is home for you? Is it where you grew up? Is it
where your children grew up? Is it where you live now or is it somewhere
I used to say that "home is where my suitcase is." I'd
moved so often that I couldn't name any one place as home in the sense
that most people think of home. My parents refer to Wisconsin as home,
even today. It's where they grew up and where much of their families
still live. But Wisconsin was never really home to me.
So maybe I pause over the word "home" because of a
wistfulness that longs to have a place to call home. But where did Jesus go when he went home? Was it to
Bethlehem? or Nazareth? or is heaven his home?
Mark suggests that to Jesus, home was the town of
Capernaum (Mk 2:1 and other places). According to tradition, it's not
the town in which he was born nor the town in which he grew up, but the
town into which he moved as an adult. It became the base for his
ministry, a place to which he returned, a place where he found love and
It also seems to be the place where his
family is, for it is here that his family comes to seek him. In an
honest effort to help him, they come after him to take him away from the
crowd. Jesus has become so involved in his ministry that he has
forgotten to eat...