They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Remember the parable of the mustard seed? Jesus tell us the Kingdom of Heaven is like that; it starts small, but grows so large, the birds come and lodge in its branches. When Jesus first started his ministry, he searched for followers on the sea of Galilee, and found two brothers. They continued their walk. Two more brothers joined, one by one, until there were twelve. A humble beginning, for sure, but the followers grew over the course of Jesus’ ministry. Today, there are 1.2 billion Catholics, of 2.2 billion Christians, around the world!
“Master, why is it that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Reading this question nearly two thousand years after it was asked of Jesus is breathtaking. The innocence and deeply human shortsightedness of it is beautiful, because now, in light of the Resurrection, we can see how Jesus has revealed himself to the world, and still does to this very moment in time. Alleluia!
How do you bring Jesus to the world? Today, ask the Holy Spirit to send you the courage and grace to reveal his goodness to others through you.
“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
—Saint Catherine of Siena