Every week when I prepare for a sermon, I come across some gem that I don’t have room for in the sermon. Here’s the one from this week.
The commands of Jesus, taken seriously, create miracles; they open an incredible reservoir of divine resources. Apart from such commands, not much unusual is going to happen. 
Every time I have dared to ignore the world’s scorn and follow Jesus’s commands, I have been awed by the unusual results.
 Walter Brueggemann et al., Texts for Preaching: A Lectionary Commentary, Based on the NRSV—Year A (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998), 441.