As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
It’s easy for you and me to sit back 2,000 years after-the-fact and shrug our shoulders and wonder how it could be that Jesus’ people didn’t recognize him for who he was even though so many of the prophesies about the coming Messiah were fulfilled in his birth, life, death and resurrection. It’s easy for you and me to see their blindness today….or is it? Maybe you and I suffer from the same affliction as the people of Israel. Maybe we can find the reason for this blindness in today’s reading. Maybe their blindness was because they refused to follow the voice calling (John the Baptizer) them to repentance.
It’s hard for me to recognize God when I’m in willful disobedience; doing what *I* want to do rather than what I believe or know God wants me to do. I think it’s my greatest obstacle to seeing God in my everyday life. How about you?