Jesus refuses to go up to the festival with his brothers in today's Gospel reading. But he follows along "in secret". He observes and listens to those arguing about his ministry. The Gospel writer tells us everyone was looking for him, but no one recognized him. Perhaps he was hiding, but I think it is more likely that people did not see him because he was not preaching or teaching or healing.
I wonder how often we truly see each other. I mean, truly see: see through the facades and masks so many of us wear. One of the things that strikes me about today's Gospel reading is how easy it is to not see, to overlook something that is right there in front of us. And I think we are called to not only take off our masks, but also endeavor to see through the facades of others.
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