It's easy to get distracted, to be sure. All too often, like when I found myself studying an 8th grader's 'extraordinary gift' a few weeks back, I miss the point altogether, bedazzled as I am by what's in front of me. I should have known better then. I should have known he was being helped along by a friend... that there was something behind his ability to do what no one should be able to do.
Maybe, finally, there is a lesson in that for us here as well. Maybe we are simply called to stay curious and open. Perhaps we are called to always keep our hearts and our minds open to what God may be doing. Without a doubt, we are urged now to remember that there is always something greater under girding it all --- whatever the future may hold --- that gift of God's love and grace and very presence. Indeed, I imagine that's what we're meant to be watching for all along.
- Do you ever find yourself 'looking in the wrong direction?' In life? In your life of faith? What has brought your attention back to where it is meant to be?
- How do you make sense of Jesus' words today? Do you find them startling? Comforting? Hopeful? Despairing?
- What is the good news in a lesson like this one? How would you share that message with others?