My experience with the bible is that I can have read a certain passage for thirty years and then suddenly it gets highlighted and I “see” it afresh. This is what happened with this passage in which Jesus relatives conclude when they see the mobs clamoring to see him, that he has lost it.
… for they said, “ He is out of his mind.” Mark 3:21
He walked away leaving his hammer and nails on the workbench.
He had a respectable, predictable existence;
now nomadic teacher.
Touching the untouchable.
Speaking out against the irreproachable.
Claiming the power to forgive the unredeemable.
Gathering around him a band of disciples unremarkable.
The very implements that he had wielded became the enemies of his flesh.
So, yes, no sane man would do this.
Only a God besotted and eager to embrace his beloved,
willing to appear ridiculous for the sake of love.
1/17 Diantha L. Zschoche