Changing roles is hard. Usually, we are defined fairly early in people’s minds, and it’s difficult to move into a new role. At the church where I grew up, some people will always see me as the teenager who sat in the back pew giggling with the other youth. Sometimes, having a role is a good thing. But often, those roles keep us from seeing how others have changed and grown into who God has made them to be.
Jesus’ challengers couldn’t fathom that God could be present through someone, especially someone that they have seen grow up, and whose parents they knew. And because they dismissed Jesus, they were unable to see God’s face looking right at them. But God works with the familiar and the ordinary to show us God’s face. God speaks to us through the words and actions of our friends, family, communities and congregations.
People change. And it’s God who changes them through the ministry, death and new life of Jesus.
Gracious God, show us your face even in the ordinary things in our lives. Speak your word to us through the people we know, even when we don't expect it. Amen. — JZ