The Book of Proverbs contains the wisdom of ancient civilizations. Sayings similar to these are found in Egypt, Babylon and Assyria. They provide good advice for living in society. Today’s equivalent would be “family values” or “the power of positive thinking” or “chicken soup for the soul.” However, Jesus came to bring more than good advice. He taught us a more radical way of living, a way reflective of the presence of God in our midst. Unconditional love, unending forgiveness, universal acceptance upend the good advice dispensed by worldly values. Instead of family values Jesus said, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” Instead of just getting along we are called to love one another.