“If only” in all these situations hides the blame that says the hungry are responsible for their hunger. The farmers are responsible for greater cost required for more sustainable agricultural practices and for the government policies that disincentivize them. People of color are responsible for being driven out of farming by centuries of racist practices that made owning land and keeping its profits impossible. John’s gospel has these beautiful vignettes of Jesus encountering people who are suffering and, perhaps more importantly, challenging all the pat answers offered to explain their suffering.Continue Reading