My wife Ellen very rarely suggests to me the things that I should preach or write about. In one sense that is a good thing, since I am a loner when it comes to preparing my homilies or writing this blog. That is not to say, however, that I ignore her when she does make a suggestion. While reading today’s psalm reading (Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds) I was reminded of a suggestion of hers to ask whether you truly feel that you know Jesus – not superficially, but whether you honestly believe that you really, really know him intimately.
It’s a tough question. If I am being honest, I probably don’t know him as well as I should, or as well as I want to. Probably many of you feel the same way. Well, we didn’t live in the first century, so how could we really know him? None of us got the opportunity to walk with him during his time on earth, but does that mean that we should be satisfied with a superficial understanding of Jesus’ life and mission?
The answer, of course, is no. We are invited by Christ to share in his mission to transform the world, and the only way that we can achieve that is to intimately know him. How? First by reading the scriptures, particularly the gospels and the letters of Paul, Peter, James and John. Each of these writings give us a unique perspective on the real Jesus. Second, we should read excellent books and commentaries about Jesus. Finally, read or listen to reflections about Jesus from Church fathers or Catholic commentators.
Each time that we explore and expand our understanding of who Jesus is, we grow in an authentic knowledge of him and in our relationship with him.
Let’s work on getting to know Jesus better, starting today!