One of the things that Jesus did throughout His time on earth was to heal people. It was often confusing or off-putting to people, because it meant that Jesus was healing those that physical doctors had given up on or were people not welcomed by society, was touching people that according to society shouldn’t be touched, or was healing them in a way or at a time that was inappropriate or unbelievable to them. But Jesus knew something that many weren’t willing to accept, and that’s that everyone is treasured by God and is loved by Him, even if they don’t love Him back.
Throughout Jesus’ time on earth, something that those of us reading Lent devotionals are exploring right now, Jesus showed time and again that we don’t always see what He did. While to some extent that has to do with the fact that He was fully divine and fully human during His time on earth and could see things as God sees them, the truth is that He was just willing to look beyond the outside and the obvious, and was able to see the truth about people. Jesus could see their faith and their hope and their deepest desires that they never shared with anyone, mostly because He took the time to look and listen, not because God told Him.
I don’t know too many people who are big on consequences or bad news, maybe that’s why we try to believe that certain things don’t go on in the world or some people don’t do the dumb things they do, or don’t think about the consequences of our/their actions before they’re done. For some reason some of us believe that if we don’t see it or hear it, it can’t be real, but that’s definitely not the case. But when you see it, if you’re really doing the right thing both as a follower of God and as a fellow human you really should step up and at least say something, but due to different fears we often don’t.
Jesus did many things during His time on earth, including preach on love and walk on water, but He also spent time with those that were typically dismissed or rejected by others. Maybe this Lent is challenging you to open your eyes to the reality of the world around you, to see it as Jesus may see it, or maybe God is encouraging you to adjust your response (or at least reaction time) to the world around you. What are you seeing or choosing not to see?