May 19, 2016

John 2:23-25

It’s not really news, we already knew it, but it’s still a bother. We are brilliant actors and we can even make ourselves believe the picture we paint of ourselves. However, no matter how skillfully we construct our façade, no matter how much effort we put into building it, no matter how much money we spend to sustain it, Jesus is not taken in and looks right through it to see the broken jar of clay behind it. Even secular observers of mankind can’t help but see the stagecraft. The anthropologist Margaret Mead took our measure when she said, “What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”

In Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, Jesus heard what people were saying, but he saw into their hearts and was not deceived. When he looks into your heart, which is the only way he looks at us, what does he see? Are we who we say we are?