I think we have a peeved Jesus in today's Gospel reading. He reacts with appreciation to the centurion who sees him for the authority that he is, while he strongly condemns those for whom he thought he had come. This latter group refused to see him and recognize him for who he was. From their point of view I suppose Jesus was this young upstart, from a nobody family, even though he was "part" of their community. Those folks couldn't see past their own prejudices.
So often in life we need to have an outsider's eyes to see something new and fresh. Many times, we have to force ourselves to try and see something familiar as new, to see something that we have grown accustomed to as needing some repair.
This is one of the messages from today's Gospel reading - a reminder that we need to look and see, and ask what are we overlooking? What are we judging too quickly? What would a new set of eyes see that ours just skims over? Are we missing God' presence in our lives by not seeing?
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