If Jesus came today, would we recognize Him?
Today’s Gospel reading gives us an insight why some people such as the Pharisees and the scribes, those who were well-versed in the Law of God given to Moses, had a difficult time recognizing God when He came:
“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.” — Mark 2:22
Perhaps, their self-pride and self-righteousness prevented them from recognizing Jesus. After all, if there were people who were expected to have known the signs of the Lord’s coming, it should have been them.
I have read the Bible twice. But, I must admit that there was a time (and there are still times) when I fall into pride and self-righteousness. Just because I finished the Bible does not make me any holier or any more Christian than others. The same goes to attending the Mass regularly or attending charismatic prayer meetings. We become true followers of Christ not just through our faith, but also through our actions. Following Jesus means living like He did. (Although many times, I fall short.)
Today, let us ask God for humility. Let us pray that He teach us to be humble enough to listen with open minds and open hearts. To be humble enough to learn from others. To be humble enough to understand where others are coming from. That, in times of disagreements, conflicts, and differences in beliefs, we may be humble enough to still listen, understand, and respect others.
Let us ask God to teach us to be humble enough to forgive and to ask for forgiveness.
I believe that if Jesus were to come today, we would recognize Him only if we are humble enough to know and acknowledge Him.