For several years, the American television telecasted a show titled, “To Tell the Truth.”
>> The show features a panel of four celebrities whose objective is the correct identification of a described contestant who has an unusual occupation or experience.
This contestant is accompanied by two impostors who pretend to be the central character.
The panel question the three contestants; the impostors are allowed to lie but the central character is sworn “to tell the truth”.
After a round of questions, each panelist selects which one of the persons he believed to be the real “one”.
>> The panel rarely reach consensus.
The true identity of the “real one” was revealed by the moderator asking, “Will the real _______ please stand up. ”
This phrase become a well-known expression: “Will the real ___________ please stand up?!”
We are today placed with a similar task before us through the Gospel reading: To identify the real Jesus!
>> “Will the Real Jesus please stand up?”
The Gospel of the Day is a continuation of St Mark’s account of the Lord’s ministry.
Jesus is engaged in His proclamation of the Kingdom of God.
>> He is proving Himself to be a person who is of the supernatural and the extraordinary realm.
>> He teaches the Scriptures with deep authority and conviction…
… People hear God speaking in their lives!
>> He silences and expels the forces of evil and influences the nature…
… People experience the Divine force in their lives!
>> He infuses life into the dead and proclaims his great power…
… People come across the marvellous works of the Lord!
>> He exercises His healing over the sick and the suffering…
… People witness His glorious control and supremacy!
… swayed over His mighty works
… super-excited by His amazing wonders
… overwhelmed with His wonderful deeds
>> But such occasions are the times of great testing and trial for anyone..
The easiest moments of losing oneself is in the midst of immense success!
>> The most tempting times of losing one’s focus is when there are widespread victories!
The Lord was surrounded by immense recognition and successes.
>> The crowds were thronging around Him and His popularity ratings were soaring.
But, just as the tree of success must be deeply grounded & rooted in the soil of stability and firmness…
>> So also, the Lord was fully aware of His goals and mission.
And so the Gospel of St Mark would explicitly point out the actions of the Lord…
‘Rising very early before dawn, He left and went off to a deserted place, where He prayed’ (Mk 1: 35)
>> ‘He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose I have come”‘ (Mk 1: 38)
The Lord points out to the people and to His disciples the priorities of His Life – Being in communion with His Heavenly Father and Spreading the Kingdom of God!
>> He doesn’t get over-awed with success!
>> He doesn’t get carried away by reputations!
He reminds His disciples and His people to seek the “real” Jesus!
>> He brings to the notice of His disciples and His people to long for the “real” Jesus!
It’s a moment for us to check and examine our own lives: Am I following the “Real” Jesus?
>> Is Jesus merely a source of healings and remedies in my moments of physical sicknesses…
… or has He also become the true balm and consolation in my spiritual health and well-being?
>> Is Jesus only like a call-centre agent whom I seek in order to fix some problems of life…
… or Has He also become genuinely the treasure and the priceless fortune of my Life?
>> Is Jesus simply a solution and answer when crisis hits my life and things go badly…
… or has He also become authentically the greatest powerhouse and thrust of my Life?
Am I following the “Real” Jesus?
>> Or is it merely…
… a Jesus of quick-fix solutions?
… a Jesus who is a problem-solver?
… a Jesus who is remembered in times of trials alone?
… a Jesus who is expected to give all answers to my confusions?
The people and the disciples, as we see in the Gospel, seemed happy and satisfied to seek Jesus who performs wonders.
Surely, wonders and sensational deeds are good.
>> But they are not to be an end in itself….
>> They are not to be made the primary motto.
Miracles and marvels ought to become a launching pad for a deeper relationship with the Lord.
Let us not reduce the greatness of Jesus to just miracles…
>> Let us not bring down the immensity of Jesus to just physical needs.
Let us rather, seek…
… the True and Living Lord for a wholesome & integral growth for eternity.
… the Compassionate and Powerful Lord to grow in holiness & sanctity.
“Will the Real Jesus of my life please stand up?”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed!”