Monday, May 17, 2010

Daily Office Reflection: Seeing

Psalms 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Joshua 1:1-9; Ephesians 3:1-13; Matthew 8:5-17

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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  1. Hey, John! A couple people have found your blog through mine... but wanted to know how to follow you. Any chance you could add the "follow" button? It comes up on the side bar along with the profile photo and blog archive. I think it is under "widgets" on customizing your blog. Kinda fun, though... it allows you to have a fan club :o) Still love your posts!

  2. Thanks for the info Katie! I have added the "Followers Gadget"...This may prove interesting. Hope you and your kids are well.