Sunday, March 15, 2009

Jesus Knows Us All Too Well

"While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well." This is for me a most interesting passage. Jesus has just gone into the temple and railed against the money changers who were making a mockery of His Father's House. What John is saying is that those same people who turned God's house into a market were unlikely to understand what Jesus' real plan was and of course Jesus knew that. The event here was to remind everyone that we need to make a total conversion to follow Christ's footsteps and that all too often we resist that kind of change. We fall into the same temptations, the same bad habits, the same lack of motivation, the same depth of our spiritual well. Christ is asking us for more. He is showing us while hanging on that cross what He is willing to do. This Lenten journey that we have been on, let us remind ourselves that we want to die too. We want to depart our old life and rise to a life of Christ. United with Him in grace we can shed our old life and be converted. Place the Cross in the center of your heart. Allow the love of God to guide, direct, and move you towards humility, unselfishness and servanthood. Jesus knows us well, we need His grace to deepen the journey.

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