Daily Gospel reflections: Seeing others as God sees them

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Detail, "The Pool" by Palma Giovane, 1592. Photo: Public Domain
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‘It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.’ (John 5:10)

It’s easy for me to shake my head in bewilderment at this response to Jesus’ miraculous healing of the paralytic. I want to shout that they are blind and narrow-minded and put rules and regulations above people. Then I remember that protecting the Sabbath was a duty under the law given by God and breaking the Sabbath was a serious offense.

I think of the times that I have failed to recognize an authentic movement of God’s spirit because it shook my worldview and my image of God. I cringe a little when I recall moments in my life when I justified being unkind to those who society considers outcasts and sinners. At the time, I really believed I was following Christ and simply didn’t recognize that I spent more energy condemning the behavior of others than examining my own heart.

Generous God, give me eyes to see as you see.

— Terri Mifek


Readings:

Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12

Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

John 5:1-16


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“The Pool” by Palma Giovane, 1592. Photo: Public Domain

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