This is one of the most telling, revealing moments in the gospel—not about Jesus, but about us.
For how many times has Jesus visited me where I live? In the sacraments, in moments of prayer, in the love and presence of other people—he’s come to me. He’s healed, taught and revealed the way to real happiness and peace. I know this! I know all about it! And I say I believe it.
But when it comes down to it—when it becomes clear that with Jesus here with me, things are indeed going to change and be different from the way they were yesterday—what do my actions say to him? Do they say, “Stay with me,” or do they proclaim, even in subtle ways and with my small choices, “Go away”?
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