Openness

Faith is open to being surprised. Love is open to being surprised. When we are too quick to come to conclusions it is possible that we may not give ourselves a chance to listen to the Holy Spirit.

 

The people of Nazareth thought that they knew all about Jesus.

 

They let their preconceived ideas get in the way of knowing who he was. How wrong they were!

 

Even though they could see his wisdom, and even seeing miracles working through him they did not accept him.

 

I hear of people suffering from medical episodes lying on the footpath and people walk past presuming that they were drunk and helplessly suffering. Others judge itinerants harshly without knowing their full story.

 

We can be intolerant of the weakness of others forgetting our weakness… and dismiss and judge them harshly.

 

Healthy humility and a commitment to service are liberating!