“Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.” ’ And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town.” (Luke 4:21-24) You cannot say that he didn’t warn us. Jesus begins his public ministry in a confrontational way signaling the way in which he will end it. This time the text concludes that he avoids the angry mob. Three years later, the outcome will be different. What does not change (thanks be to God) is Jesus. He always did and always will refuse to be defined by our expectations. Of course, the reason for that is not that he is disagreeable by nature or that he loves to pick a fight. He refuses our expectations because he knows us better than we know ourselves. And of even greater importance, he loves us more than we love ourselves. Jesus always has and always will refuse our expectations, not because they are too great, but they are far too small. I have to ask myself especially in uncertain times, am I trying to limit our Lord, and what he might choose to do. How about you? Even in uncertain times, let us welcome the risen Lord who will not be contained by us and who will always go beyond what we would ever dare to imagine.