The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
How did Jesus get there? In John 6:22-25 the people who have eaten food which Jesus made are now following him, apparently hoping that he will be their bread king, giving them supplies day by day. They tracked him down with the help of other excited people. Their question? How did you get here? After all, Jesus had not left with his disciples. They expected to find him in a very different location.
What are we really asking Jesus when we question him? Do we want to know how he managed to get across the sea? Do we really want to know what he is going to give us to meet our desires? Often a question which may seem innocent enough is really an attempt to hold Jesus accountable to our own agendas. He is not going to cooperate with that ploy. Then again, doubtless there are many who have sought out Jesus for all the wrong reasons and who find in him the life and hope that they really need. Thanks be to God that he often meets our needs, rather than our stated desires.
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