The challenge of Jesus’ teachings is that they have become “known”, by which we mean their core meaning, their substance, has been identified and distilled. Or, perhaps when we read them, we already know what they mean and what we are supposed to think and feel about them.
But what if we don’t really know them at all? What if the Jesus we follow is much more subversive, much more demanding, much more risky, than we know Him to be? What if His parables ask far more than moral behavior; what if they ask us to re-order our lives? What if they are, and always have been, about calling us to get real about our priorities?