In the Sacred Scriptures, the author of the Acts of the Apostles asserts that “The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize Jesus.”
I think sometimes we have this idea that the people of Jesus’ time had it so much better than all of us. In our time we have Jesus Christ present to us substantially in the Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
But He has the appearance of bread and wine, he looks like bread and wine, he tastes like bread and wine.
It would be so much easier if He had the matter of human flesh and human blood, if He did then maybe more people would come to Mass and Adoration.
But the reality is, many people during the time of Jesus did not recognize Him as God. If they did recognize Him as God then they would not have called Him a blasphemer, they would not have mocked Him, spit upon Him, torture Him, and Crucify Him.
The response of those who do not recognize Jesus Christ in the Scriptures is indifference, irreverence, or down right hatred. And how did Jesus emotionally feel about the attitudes of the many He came to save who didn’t care? He sweat blood in the Agony of the Garden (Luke 22:44).
Many people then and many people today, did not and do not recognize Jesus as He was and is.
But many of us do in fact recognize Jesus.
So what is the response of those of us who do recognize Jesus? Do we treat Him like the Person He is, or because He doesn’t look like the kind of God we want Him to look like, do we ignore Him or reluctantly spend time with Him.
Do we share our hearts with Him and listen quietly to His heart as He shares it with us in the Living Word, the Sacred Scriptures? Or do we come before His presence in the Eucharist and open up a random book that we find more exciting than the Words He has already given us in the Scriptures.
Do we worship and adore Him when we kneel before Him at Mass and in Adoration, filling our thoughts with Him? Or do we only think of ourselves, our lives, our friends, our relationships, our stuff more than we think of Him?
This is our God. If we recognize Him to be our God, then I would like to invite you, my beautiful sons and daughters to beg God for His grace to treat Him with the reverence and love that He deserves in the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist and the Sacred Scriptures.
Because the fruit of Recognizing and Reverencing Him in His Scriptures and Eucharist is Recognizing and Reverencing Him in His people… And don’t we all just long to be recognized and reverenced for who we are… the Body of Jesus