Observing Jesus Carefully

October 29, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“…the people there were observing Jesus carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, ‘Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?’ But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him.” (Luke 14:1-6)

OBSERVING JESUS CAREFULLY: When you read any of the Gospels, it becomes quite clear that people were fascinated by Jesus – both men and women, Jews and Gentiles, fishermen, kings, servants, and of course, the Pharisees.

The Pharisees, the most learned class of the Jews, had an odd fascination with Him. Jesus was an upstart preacher, the son of a carpenter. He did not have the pedigree to be of any interest to the Pharisees. Why did they care with whom He ate or what He did on the sabbath? Why were they observing Him so closely?

Was it that He made them question how they were living their lives? Was it because He made them feel uncomfortable?

Jesus is still fascinating after all of these years. The reasons have changed very little: He often makes us feel uncomfortable, makes it known that our lives could be so much richer, and calls us on the carpet for our sins, while offering love, forgiveness, and hope.

Fascinating stuff, don’t you think?

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