(v.12) One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them… (v.17) He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

The words he spoke that morning flipped what we now would today call the American dream completely upside down (or perhaps, rightside up, however you look at it).  Whatever all that he said means, it is obvious Jesus is not affirming the values of status, acheivement, success, wealth, health, and convenience that are so much a part of our culture.

I can’t help but notice that our text points out that as Jesus spoke “he stood on a level place”. I think that where the Kingdom begins, on a level place, where all are equally welcome. The Kingdom, where all that seems wrong is made right and all that seems right is not always so. The Kingdom, where all are who will enter in are healed, and all are equally precious.

All this, from an all night of prayer.