When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
At this point in his ministry, Jesus can’t really go anywhere without people looking for him. If I were Jesus, I would have mixed feelings about this. Certainly, Jesus came to health the sick and they were coming to him for healing. On the other hand, he must have been exhausted.
I go into every day with a plan for what I want to accomplish. Every day, though, there are interruptions… people who need me to do something or who simply need me to listen to them. Sometime this can be a point of frustration because I just want to get done what I had planned. My perspective changes when I try to see that these people that come to me are Jesus asking for my time.
Today, try to see each interruption as an invitation from Jesus. How does that change how you feel about these disruptions in your plans?
—Kay Gregg is the Assistant Department Chair of Campus Ministry at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.
Help me to see you in the interruptions…
In the people who show up unannounced
In the project that needs to be done immediately
In the phone call that distracts me
In the e-mail that reminds me of something I forgot to do.
Help me to see you in the interruptions.