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Jesus knew him

“Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter)” (from Jn 1)

Jesus looked at Peter, and knew who he was. Jesus also looks at you, and knows who you are.

We often live in relationships – I know this from my own life – on the surface. What are the relationships in your life where you can say, “this person knows me”? What are the relationships where you can say, “This friend knows my strengths, knows what I’m passionate about, and also knows my struggles, my fears and my weaknesses”?

Usually we prefer to live safe relationships on the surface because we feel that if somebody really knew us – everything about us – they wouldn’t like us anymore. Usually we feel we have to be different or change something about ourselves so that others will like and accept us.

At the SEEK conference we just went to in Nashville, on the last day, there was a talk given by a former model (she had done modelling for magazines and advertisements). She said that when she and her family saw the published pictures from the photoshoots in magazines, she was barely recognizable. They changed so many things about her – her hair, teeth, skin, were all photoshopped. She explained that after her conversion, when she was in Adoration, she could feel Jesus looking at her. He knew who she was, and she knew that he didn’t want to photoshop anything about her, to change anything about her so that he could love her more.

So Jesus looks at you – just as he looked at Peter – he knows you, with all of your strengths and weaknesses, and he doesn’t require you to change anything about yourself so that he can love you more.

This is the kind of relationship that we are invited to personally, and it is the relationship we are invited to share with the people in our lives.