In the midst of our quest for orthodoxy to be sure people believe right, or our quest for morality to be sure people act right, or our quest for piety to be sure people pray right, the little ones know, this Jesus is enough. It is enough to know Jesus, for in Jesus you see the way God is and the way God acts. It boils down, for this Jesus, to neighbor acts and caring. For that is what Jesus did. It boils down to receiving our life from God as a gift and living it out in gratitude. If you focus on this Jesus, you will know the mystery of how life works. It will be disclosed to you, and you will have enough to live well and free and responsibly. Thus the first conversation of Jesus, the one with God, is a statement about the right rootage of faith, which cuts through all our complexity. To be with God means to stay very close to the simple, caring, demanding ways of Jesus.
• Walter Brueggemann, A Gospel of Hope (p. 50)