"So they said to him, "What sign are you going to to giveus then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?"" (John 6:30)
Talking -- we are all pretty good at doing that at least some of the time -- right? How often does it feel like the person, or people, we are talking with are not understanding or, maybe, even listening? I've worked with both international students, teaching needelwork, and people with hearing issues. The international students might speak the Kings's English but they didn't always understand American English especially with a sourthern accent. Those with hearing issues need to have their full attention on the person talking to maybe understand what the person talking is saying. In both cases, international and hearing issues, what is heard may not be what is understood.
The readings, today, are about the same idea. Paul is pointing out to the Ephesians, and us, how we are all part of the body of Christ. Jesus is trying to answer questions about who he is and what he is doing. The people are a little confused, not understanding, and thinking about Jesus being the "carpenter's son." (John 6:42) If you think about it you wonder why they are questioning - they have just witnessed feeding over 5,000 people and how Jesus could heal people. Now they want a "sign." A person could wonder, even ask, if those doing the questioning had been paying attention.
We have been talking about what we believe, IF we believe it - can we talk about it and do we live it? Yes, we can also wonder if the person listening, to us, is really listening - if we have their full attention. My question, however, is are we LIVING what we believe? Caregivers are following where God is leading and we are trying to do what God has called us to -- but are we sharing about how we are living with following God's presence in our lives? Something to think about......
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