Jesus comes into human history as a sign of contradiction. It is easy to mistake contradiction for inconsistent. Jesus is not inconsistent, but He is received differently by everyone whom He meets.

How do I encounter God? What do I act like when Jesus meets me? Do I appeal to my better self when confronted with difficulty?

O gracious God, help me to be aware of who I am and how others experience me. Likewise, may I respect Your real presence in others.