It had to be tough to have a conversation with Jesus.
He would have been compassionate. It’s not that. I’m guessing his style was more gentle than his relative John, for example. Living in a village learning a craft would have given you more people skills than growing up in the desert. Being the oldest of a crowd of kids taught different relational tools than being an only with elderly parents.
It wasn’t that he was silent so you had to pull every word out of him, like Moses claimed to be. Moses, another deliverer familiar with Egypt and being misunderstood, told God that he couldn’t speak well.
It’s more that the disciples would talk to each other, and Jesus would respond with something that seemed out of context and over their heads.
For example, once the disciples went to get food for Jesus. When they came back, he told them wasn’t hungry for their food. When they asked each other who brought him food, Jesus responded:
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
He’d just had a conversation with someone about her life. She was running to bring people to hear him talk. His work, the thing that fed him that energized him, was doing what God was doing.
It took the conversation from a simple question about a sandwich to a conversation about life calling. And created a challenge for the disciples and for us.
Disciples are learning to be like their rabbi. If Jesus was fed by aligning his will with God’s, making his actions carry out God’s intentions, making his agenda for each day to be based on God’s agenda, then attentive disciples would try to do the same.
How do we do God’s will? By living like Jesus?