21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
In this passage from Luke, Jesus was full of joy through the Holy Spirit. He was praising God and celebrating the work God was doing. Then Jesus reveals the nature of his relationship to God. He makes it abundantly clear that he is here as a representative of God and for God. He goes on to explain how blessed the disciples are to be part of this important work. They were right there with Jesus, seeing it in person, part of the plan as it came to reality. Many before had wanted to see what God was doing, and many after would wonder the same, but these disciples had a front-row seat. At the same time, there were countless who were alive during Jesus’ time on earth and yet failed to see who he really was. They were looking for the “right” kind of Messiah, the one they had pictured in their mind. In doing so, they failed to see the truly perfect Messiah in front of them.
I have done the same many times. I often look for a particular sort of answer from God, for God to respond to my prayers in my way. And in doing so, I fail to see how God is at work right in my midst. As I continue to learn this lesson, I have become more and more open to the various ways God may answer my prayers. And I find that when I expect an answer, yet remain open to the how, when and where, the revelations of God at work are more beautiful, surprising and mysterious, yet always perfect. May you look for God working around you today and in the days to come. Remain open and expectant and you might find the perfect gift when you least expect it.
Holy One, you call me to be better. You ask me to live in such a way that points to you. Forgive me for failing. Give me guidance and courage to be a light in the world. Show me those who need your mercy, compassion and justice, then lead in ways to serve them. Thank you for the gift of Jesus. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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