August 24, 2020

Please read today’s Gospel of John 1:45-51. We will focus on verse 47. “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.”

It is never about what you think of yourself, for that is where the trouble begins, but it is what Jesus thinks of us. Any time you are focused on yourself or “navel-gaze,” as I call it, you will sink. Our focus must be on the Lord at all times.

The word duplicity means doubleness or lack of integrity or lack of honesty. Can Jesus say of us “Here is a true Christian. There is no deceit in him or her.” I struggle with this often as I stretch the truth or don’t tell the whole story, or avoid the story altogether.

Jesus knows everything about us, so what are we hiding or not telling or confessing? It has never been about us; it has always been about God. He is the key to life. He is keeping our focus on God. Nathanael was never heard of until he acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God. After all, the name Nathanael means the gift of God or God has given.

We, too, must recognize what God has given us as he gave to Nathanael, faith in his Son, Jesus.

Father Eymard has become one of my favorite saints. He stated: “To become Christ-like, it is necessary to die to oneself and to self-seeking.”

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, help us all to truly see your Son Jesus and become like him. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.