And so for us too. When the sorrow is so great that we have no words to pray, the psalms help us cry out our pain and hold on to hope.
Boaz is more than a stock character, and more than a benevolent relative. He is clearly presented in the story as one like God, filled with compassion for the poor.
The book of Genesis essentially recounts tales of the earliest human families as migrants, strangers, and refugees, moving about the earth seeking a land to settle and a home in which to dwell.
It is likely that the passion narrative was the very first part of the early church’s remembrance of Jesus to be put into literary form.
May this year’s Lenten desert experience transform us into that kingdom Jesus came to create.
There can be no more “us” and “them,” for mutual salvation is a cooperative effort. Such transformation is doable.