Seeing but not seeing – Jesus expects only one thing of his followers: to see who and what he sees. Those who do so become “other Christs.”
St. Paul proclaims he came upon this “Way” through personal encounter with the light and the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A key theme in a recent workshop on intercultural living was stretching – the oftentimes painful effort needed to expand our perspectives and widen our view of what true and valuable.
That double action of the light, landing and then sinking in, provides an underlying clue to the whole direction of Jesus’ ministry.
Those years between Jesus’ adolescence and public ministry there’s only silence, only the anonymity of what writers have termed The Hidden Life.