A little girl came up to me all excited about her upcoming trip to see her cousins. The excitement in her eyes brought back memories of my cousins…and how we used to fight like cats and dogs! I know why she loves (and misses) them so much. It’s because she never sees them. That’s the difference! In my case, I always saw them. In her case, she never sees them. You know the saying, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” This saying is as deceptive as it is well intended. I can’t imagine a wife ever telling her husband, “Leave for a few months so that you can grow fonder of me!” Instead of growing fonder he may become fodder for the beasts.
Has anyone ever said to you: “I don’t need to go to Mass. I pray at home.” Really? I don’t believe it. Again, it might be very well intended but I know it is very deceptive.
Jesus is truly man. He does everything we do. He breathes like us, sleeps like us, walks like us and talks like us. So of course, his neighbors and childhood friends would never think twice about Him. After all, He does everything we do. But when it comes to everything, Jesus seems to do it a little better than we do. It’s true! When He spoke, He spoke in his native tongue, like everyone else. But unlike everyone else, He put certain words together that no one else had ever dreamed of putting together. For example, He said, “Love your enemy.” Love and enemy had never gone together. And even today, it is held by many to be a symptom of wishful thinking. Again, the Lord said: “Blessed are the poor.” Blessed and poor had never gone together. Who in the world would ever say that? Well, the Lord did, and He was poor.
Most of us would never believe such things, unless we saw it with our own eyes. Thank God the Lord “believed” such things. His “belief” made it possible to realize such things, which allowed all of us to see it with their own eyes!
Believing in something makes all things possible to see.
Jesus, the true God and true Man, brings out the best in all of us. Just believe and see.