How easy it is to get lost in the details. How easy it is to become consumed by the day-to-day routine. How easy it is to lose sight of what is really important. It might be fair to say that many people do not even know how to discern what is really important. The Pharisees and the Jewish people living at the time Jesus was on earth were unable to understand the words they heard Him speak. They were comfortable with the traditions they had established for their faith. They focused on what they had been practicing for hundreds of years and this prevented them from remembering who God was and that He was love.
All humans and the traditions they cling to have the ability to overcomplicate new ideas and new truths. God is love–that is the simple truth and we can trust that completely. We can read the story of creation, which should show anyone the love of the Lord. God created the heavens and the earth and every last detail of our lives, and He saw that it was good.
Whenever we lose our ability to see God or become caught up in the unimportant matters that fill our lives, we should return to the story of God’s creation. It can be easy to forget that we are still living on the same earth God proclaimed “good”. We can be part of His creation just as we are, without worrying about maintaining the proper traditions or rules. We are like the disciples with unclean hands coming as they were to the table of Christ. God wants to be with us as we are because He made us that way. If we ever fall into despair wondering where God is, look at the water filled with the creatures of the sea or the sky filled with birds in flight. Look at the earth and see the plants growing and multiplying. God made all this and it is good. He made us in His image and likeness and saw that “it was good.” We can reflect on our world today, including ourselves and our brothers and sisters who share it, and see that it is still good.