19 Jan 2017
People from all over were coming to Jesus. They had heard he was doing wonderful things, like: healing people, curing them of their diseases, making demons go away, and just making life better. And they didn’t just want to see Jesus; they wanted to touch him. They realized that with Jesus around, life would be a lot better.
But, you know, later on when Jesus was accused and arrested, and crucified, none of those people were around. They had all abandoned him. They didn’t want to have anything to do with him. And that’s because they only wanted Jesus when he was making life better; as soon as being a disciple of Jesus became hard, they all scattered. They wanted Jesus—but only when it was good for them.
Now, for a couple thousand years, billions of people from all over the world have come to Jesus. We do it all the time, too. We come to Jesus in prayer; we come to him in confession; we come to Jesus here at the Mass. And sometimes what Jesus gives us makes us feel really good. And sometimes what he gives us feels more like medicine that we don’t really want.
The trick is to keep coming to Jesus, no matter how he makes us feel. Because then it’s not about what Jesus can do for us . . . it’s about what we can do for Jesus. It’s about showing Jesus that we love him, no matter what.