Mauro Pesce and Adrianna Desto,
Encounters with Jesus: The Man in His Place and Time
.Fortress Press, 2011.Chapter Five
In ‘Jesus Leaves Home’ (the title of this chapter) our authors wish us to learn that Jesus’ travels
from home and to homes, along with the travels of his followers, bears more significance thangenerally granted.The views of our authors are fleshed out in their exegesis of, for instance, the parable of theProdigal Son, which, they suggest
… shows how Jesus saw the relationships b
etween the rural households and thecity (p. 106).
How so? It demonstrates Jesus’ wish to communicate a certain condemnation of attraction to
life in the city common among the young.
Likewise, Jesus’ disciples are called to ‘homelessness’ in the sense t
hat they also must leave theirhouseholds, their responsibilities as members of families, and their security as members of suchhouseholds.So Jesus calls adult males (not children or the elderly) to replace their natural ties with
called them to a
… relationship that was personal, not mediated by third parties (p. 111).
The parade example of their case is presented in P. and D.’s examination of Luke 9:59
-60.Here,Jesus demands that he [the person addressed] detach himself absolutely from the
totality of the household…. [and naturally this has] consequences for therelationships in the household if the son were to obey Jesus’ call (p. 113).
SoJesus demands instantaneous and immediate detachment (p. 113).The remarkable thing in all this of course is the fact that Jesus comes to divide families by hiscall to follow. Some will follow fully and leave everything behind and others will remainsedentary in their households but they are commanded to demonstrate the same level of commitment.