Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jan. 5, 2016: St. John Neumann

Jan. 5, 2016: St. John Neumann

Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. 
And Jesus said to him, "Follow me." 
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. 
Philip found Nathanael and told him,
"We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, 
and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth." 
But Nathanael said to him,
"Can anything good come from Nazareth?" 
Philip said to him, "Come and see." 
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
"Here is a true child of Israel. 
There is no duplicity in him." 
Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" 
Jesus answered and said to him,
"Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." (Jn 1:43-51)

How Jesus Looks at Us

Jesus' gaze, when He walked the earth, would cause a profound awakening in others. When He passed by, the eyes of the blind were opened. Paralytics threw away their crutches. Those who were sick sprang from their beds completely cured. Jesus had a divine attraction about Him which tore at hearts that were thirsting for love and truth. He satisfied their longing because He Himself was Love, Truth and Life.

Jesus always looks at us with Infinite Kindness. He watches over us. He never tires of knocking at the door of our hearts. Nor does He tire of waiting for us to open to Him, because He loves us. He will take our mortal life into His own divine hands so that He might give us eternal life. He will close our eyes here on earth, that He might open them to the True Light. He will always be our consolation and our happiness. He will not allow us to weep like those who have no hope.

Let us imitate Jesus in His Gaze. Always tender, sweet, and loving. Let us see Him in souls, because His Divine Image is reflected in them better than in the blue of the skies or the waves of the sea.

- Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, "What Jesus is Like"