Daily Gospel reflections: Seeing others as God sees them
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
‘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
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
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