In the Gospel of the day, Jesus Heals on the Sabbath, (John 5. 1-16) Jesus demonstrated His ability to talk easily to the people and often use parables to convey His teachings. He was considered a threat to those who wanted to do him evil. He continued to spread the Good News of the Kingdom and the loving nature of His Father. Sometimes people were cured when they encountered Him. In this gospel a man was cured of an illness he had for thirty-eight years. As this healing occurred on the Sabbath, many wanted to persecute Jesus. Those people were so critical of this healing being done on the Sabbath that they dismissed the good works that Jesus was doing.
Are we so caught up in the details that we miss the main message?
Do we overlook the important things and focus on the trivial instead?
Is it possible to slow ourselves down in order to take in the big picture?
Are we able to stop the rebuke or the criticism before it passes our lips and focus on something positive that is happening?
Can we ask God at these times to help direct us positively both in our words and our actions?