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Our text says that Jesus "came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him" (v. 11). Reminds us of Thomas Wolfe's declaration that "You can't go home again." So what happens when Jesus goes home? Does he receive a welcome, or are his "brothers and sisters" too busy or too indifferent really to care?
For material based on today's eapistle reading, see "Look-Alikes," July 16, 2006, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Which of these statements is true?
When Dorothy returns from her whirlwind trip to Oz, she realizes that "there is no place like home." She discovers that home truly is where the heart is, and she revels in her family's love and nurture.
On the other hand, Thomas Wolfe's famous novel informs us, "You can't go home again." You might be able to physically return to the place of your birth, but nothing and no one, including yourself, will be the same. The "home" of your memory no longer exists.
The Wizard or Wolfe? Who's got it right? Can you go...