Friday, February 24, 2012

Failing to Recognize

Please read Numbers 14-16 and Mark 3 if you're interested in reading through the Bible in a year. Tomorrow's readings are Numbers 17-18, Psalm 9, and Mark 4.

And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons." -Mark 3:22 (NIV)

I probably spent two hours yesterday looking for a form. I was sure that it was in this one particular folder in my filing cabinet because that's where it was supposed to be. I was certain that the form was green so that's the color paper I was looking for in the folder. As it turns out, the form was yellow. I had been shuffling right past the form the entire time but didn't recognize it because it wasn't the color for which I was searching.

In this morning's assigned scripture readings, Jesus enters a house that is so crowded with people that he's unable to eat. His family, presumably because he won't stop to eat, assumes that Jesus has lost his mind. The teachers of the law that have come from Jerusalem conclude that he is possessed by Satan. Jesus was right there in front of them, full of the Holy Spirit power, having taught with authority and healed the sick, and his family and the teachers of the law are unable to fully recognize it. What happened to me yesterday with the form appears to have happened to them. It's as if they were looking for Jesus to look and act one way and because Jesus looked and acted another way, they failed to get it.

The way Jesus comes, the way Jesus calls, and the things Jesus does may not be exactly what you've come to expect. There's a chance that you don't recognize Jesus because you're shuffling through life looking for Jesus in one way when he's trying to reveal himself in another. May God grant you the grace to be open to whatever way Christ would come, be, and do in your life today.

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