What stands out to me here is how calm Jesus seems to be, even to the point of being slightly annoyed with his friends for freaking out about the storm. To use psychology terms, he was able to suppress his amygdala anxiety threat response which allowed his prefrontal cortex to stay online and deal with the situation with all his “thinking cylinders” firing.
Many theological stories and images may lead one to think that God is “stingy,” withholding blessings and love on conditions of righteousness, behavioral rectitude, and moral purity, Here, though, Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom is just the opposite.
It is often a painful experience to live authentically when it puts us at odds with our friends and family. Our brains have evolved to organize almost all of our thoughts and behavior through group identities and group cohesion. … This is part of the reason why our communities are not thrilled if we decide to chart a new course with our lives.” #dailyoffice
“The minute that we start focusing more on the rituals and traditions themselves instead of what they point to, we’ve lost sight of the bigger picture.”
“This is one of the many lessons we can take away from these stories: believe the women; they are usually among the first to receive knowledge of God’s work among us.” #dailyoffice
“My hunch is that when Peter was invited to visit Cornelius, he may have had a strong initial repulsion to the idea, his subconscious brain saying ‘Gentile out-group = bad!’ But to his credit, the account said that he responded to this by remembering ‘God has just shown me that no race is better than any other.'”