HURTLING PAST the Trafford Centre at night produced this blurred image that illustrates for me what our too-rushed human view of things looks like for many of us much of the time. We need a better focus. And that, I think, sums up the life and ministry on earth, and the continuing life in God and in us, of Jesus of Nazareth.

In good company with many another wise teacher Jesus has always called humankind to slow down. Look. Consider. Love. Forgive. Be thankful. I wonder if we’re really any keener on heeding his way of salvation than were the people of his day here in earth? Does the faith in us allow for deeper trust in all that makes for the peaceful, healthful reign of God on earth? Wouldn’t such a faith make for passion giving way to resurrection?