I was reading today's readings (Genesis 9-11 and Luke 4) and noticed some things I had not seen before. It appears, from Genesis 9 that "meat" was not given as food to Noah and his family until after the flood. Before that they were given "green plants" for food. However, it is also clear that eating meat was practiced before Noah -- but apparently in disobedience?
I like Jesus in Luke 4. He goes home to Nazareth and intentionally provokes the religions types. He begins by claiming the passage from Isaiah "The spirit of the Lord is upon me for he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor . . ." for himself. He then intentionally reminds the audience in the synagogue of Nazareth that God extends mercy to folks who are outside the faith. Jesus mentions healing for two individuals who were most certainly Outside the expectations of the religious types. And, for some odd reason, the religious types are mad at Jesus.
How often do we unintentionally leave those outside our comfortable faith parameters on the outside because they are different, think different, look different or haven't adopted our own religious scruples. The room at the foot of the cross is infinite and there are no prerequisites for joining. We need to be constantly reminded that God is not interested in our comfort zones but in the transformation (the reclamation) of the entire world!