Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
“Have I been with you all this time, Phillip, and still you don’t
know me?”(John 14: 9)
As a child, I was convinced that had I been alive at the time of Jesus,
there would be no question that I would follow him. So, it was puzzling
to me that the followers of Jesus, as well as many others kept missing the
point…they just didn’t get it!
How often do we use that phrase in exasperation when our colleagues, children,
students, spouses, friends and/or family fail to understand what it is that
we are trying to communicate!
Last week, our campus student GSA organization sponsored a “Day of Silence.”
Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to wear a ‘silence’ button on
Wednesday, reminding them and others of their commitment to silence for the
day. Our silence was in solidarity with people who are marginalized
and silenced due to their sexual orientation, color, creed, ethnic background,
etc. Though I also had made the commitment to silence and wore my button,
I met a student whom I hadn’t seen in many weeks. As I excitedly greeted
her, she pointed to her button and looked at me with some amazement in her
eyes that I was speaking to her. I obviously had forgotten my pledge
momentarily…sort of ‘not getting it.’
As Paul continued his journeys, he sent letters to Corinth, reiterating
what he taught them while he was with them in person. The people needed
encouragement in their new faith to which they had committed while Paul was
with them. Paul wanted the people of Corinth to ‘get it’…understand
the message of Jesus. Paul offers his witness and reminder, not
founded on Paul, but on what had been revealed to him and many others by the
In John’s Gospel, Jesus is opening up a new vision for his followers…if
they know Jesus and live according to his teaching, then they also know God.
“If you really knew me, you would know God also.” However, Philip pleaded,
“Show us God, and that will be enough for us.” How very human, so ‘I
don’t get it, but show me what you mean, and I’ll believe!’
Can’t you just see Jesus shaking his head as he says, “Have I been with
you all this time, Philip, and still you don’t know me?”
It is so easy to forget or to ‘miss the point’ of this Easter season and
of God’s presence around us, as we go about our ordinary lives. Do we
really ‘get it’? God walked among us in human form – in Jesus.
Do we really ‘get it’? Do we act as if we believe that we have come
to know God in the person Jesus, in his words, teachings and actions?
Are we resurrection people – alive with the knowledge and belief that we are
loved by God, and called to make God real in our everyday life?
Sometimes it is hard to ‘get it’ in the midst of our very busy everyday
worlds as we shoulder our responsibilities, meet deadlines, or hurry on to
our next ‘to do’ on our lists of life.
However, do we even ‘get’ the invitation from Jesus… “Whatever you ask in
my name I will do, so that God may be glorified in me.”?
When I am overwhelmed with my day-to-day have to’s, I tend to get down on
myself… if only I could remember to center myself in prayer…to get in touch
with my God. As much as I struggle in prayer at times to allow God into
my life, I often forget (don’t get it) that it is this that I can bring to
prayer…asking God into my struggles to be faithful, to live as if I believed
in a loving God who lives in me. I don’t have to do it alone.
In fact, Jesus said, “Anything you ask in my name I will do.”
Perhaps as we travel this Easter season we can turn to our God in prayer…asking
God to assist us to live into being Easter people in a world that so needs
the presence of love, of peace…of God.