Recognizing Jesus

“The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.”

John 5:36

I am returning for a moment to my childhood impatience with the behaviors of Jesus’ contemporaries. If it was so obvious to me at age ten or eleven that Jesus’ lessons, parables and works had to have come from a loving God, why was it so difficult for the Pharisees to accept the same? They knew that all of Israel awaited the Messiah. Foreign astrologers who recognized the sign in the night sky over their own country traveled to faraway Jerusalem in search of Jesus. It seemed to me that, in spite of everything, the Pharisees and many others should have known better than to reject Jesus.

Sadly, I acknowledge that times have not changed much. Though we see all that Jesus accomplished from his humble state, we work to accumulate riches. Though we see that Jesus needed no worldly authority to serve us, we vie for power. Though Jesus sought the company of outcasts, we prefer those of higher stature regardless of the condition of their character. Though Jesus set aside his own concerns whenever he was needed, we take care of ourselves first. Though Jesus sought out time for prayer at every opportunity, we complain when our worship service seems dull or a homily lasts too long.

Though times have not changed much, there is still time for me to change.

Good and Patient God, I continue to allow my humanity to keep me from nurturing the beautiful soul that is my authentic self. Help me to replace the ways of this world with your ways.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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