To each generation the invitation goes out not to simply pass time, kill time or consume moments but to attune ourselves to what God is doing in the moment and then join God with all that we are and all that we have.
Here comes Jesus with his big heart, clear words, and refusal to retreat from us. “Love enemies” he says, “Bless those who curse you. Fill the beggar’s cup. Give the shirt off your back.”
The grumblers hope to entomb us in our past mistakes and misdeeds. Jesus hopes to enshrine us in the gift of new life.
There is a great humbling that comes with putting ourselves at the center. It’s about right-ness… the rightful occupant of the center is God.