May God use my words to feed your sons and daughters with your wisdom and compassion.
Jesus was a bit of a jokester in my opinion, or maybe just creative inventing the style of a counselor’s use, by answering questions with phrasing things in a way we answer them ourselves.
You know the “how does that make you feel?” or “is that what you think?”
So, to say that Jesus was creative on how he interacted with people would be an understatement. But Still …
It amazes me at how some people think that Jesus spent much of his time ministering in the Temple at the time. Temple like church is today meaning that it being the building to some people.
He spent most of the week out wandering the streets and interacting with the sinners and like the Samarian woman at the well. He would find the sinners, call them out on their sins, and then point them in the right direction. The majority of the people went off happily and partially because I believe they felt renewed and partly because they were simply respected by anyone let alone the Son of God!
It may have been the healing miracles that most people stand up and notice, but Jesus has showed us how by his love and compassion for all people that we were truly brothers and sisters and not strangers. He showed us that miracles can be simply giving someone hope or faith by a smile or a hug. He never withheld his example of loving and caring of his sons and daughters from anyone and he was kind to all even if they were thieves or adulterers.
Again, the Samarian woman was not a straight arrow, but when Jesus showed her compassion she went off and made her life right by proclaiming his ability to forgive and fix her brokenness.
We are all sinners and yet we have the capability not to sin and even forgive. We learned from Jesus that humanity as flawed as we can be, are not able to absolve sins but we can forgive! What a miraculous thing that is small in the scope of things, but more profound than almost any other act we know and one of the most effective cures for the soul are alongside of prayer.
Jesus would meet others failures with encouragement and guidance. You might call these not only learning moments but hugging moments as well. He would not fix your problem for you but he would steer you in the right direction.
Jesus is like the rain when the sun has beat down a flower from the heat until it starts to wither away bringing a renewal of strength and a renewal of life.
God is wise, in order to be used as the best context a human can understand, and he shows us hope and life in our everyday surroundings by using the trees, water and the earth that the natural beauty that acts like therapy to the soul.
So much like the inspiration and rejuvenation we get, starts in the word we receive in church each Sunday. So let it spread and blossom into our lives with every step we take all the way home and then back each week as we return to be watered and to be helped in preventing our brothers and sisters from withering away in the sun.
“Love our neighbors as ourselves”