“Blessed is Anyone Who Takes No Offense at Me”
Forgive us, O Lord, when we expect Jesus to be something other than he is; forgive us when we expect him to do something other than what he does.
Give us, O Lord, eyes to see the wonderful and amazing gifts of wholeness, meaning, and hope that come to broken people—and we are all broken people—because of who Jesus is and what Jesus does.
Cause us, O Lord, to be true disciples of Jesus who give our time, energy, and resources to accomplishing the same kinds of good that he accomplished and still accomplishes.
Not to seek forgiveness for expecting Jesus to be other than who he is, not to see the grace he brings to broken people, and not to follow him by doing what he did—those are all ways that we show that we take offense at him.
Lord, have mercy.
“When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.’” (Matthew 11:2-6)