Fully Known

– Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael –

“Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’”  [John 1:49-50]

A quick look at the verse that precedes the Gospel reading today reveals that Nathaniel was the one that utters the words “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” before coming face to face with Jesus and being stunned at how well this man knew him and what he was thinking.

God knows who we are, he sees us and knows what’s on our hearts even ‘under the fig tree’ – which is to say, when we keep to ourselves and refuse to be open and honest with ourselves and God. I have heard this phrase so many times in my life: “Jesus is a gentleman; he won’t barge his way into your life but waits for you to open the door”. Jesus isn’t surprised by what he sees when we come to him, no matter the mess or brokenness in our lives. Jesus desires intimacy and closeness with us. What I find incredible is that He desires this with every single one of us!

Most importantly, God loves us because of who we are and not how we try to appear to Him and everyone else. It require courage and vulnerability to reveal and expose the truest parts of ourselves, but that’s when healing comes.

If you were to meet Jesus today, right now, what would you say to him? Would you share the deepest part of your life with him?


by Arnie Hurdoyal

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