And now this woman–this woman who once was possessed, whom they knew to be unstable, she was telling them this absurd thing, that Jesus wasn’t dead anymore, that the world didn’t work the way they knew it worked.
What a lovely story, we might think, about how Jesus cared for these simple people, who didn’t have any idea what to do. “Sheep without a shepherd” sounds like a gentle way to call them all kind of dumb. It’s not.
I’ve always wondered about this ending phrase, “welcome as a child.” Jesus says “whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” Another version says “whoever does not receive God’s kingdom like a little child.” What does that mean?