How would your closest friends describe you? Can you think of ten adjectives that are accurate for yourself? In today’s Gospel, Jesus declares that Nathanael, a man who has never met him is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit. Nathanael wonders how he knows such a thing: Where did you get to know me? We all have our traits that others see clearly and we also have places that are our own blind spots. During my university studies, I learned about Johari’s Window, a technique that helps people learn about the hidden parts of their personality. We all have traits that we do not readily identify–parts that are sometimes easily seen by others. Once in awhile, Jesus may want to point them out to us through someone else. Are we willing to hear them like Nathanel was? Or do we deceive ourselves that we know our selves through and through?
How would Jesus describe you?
What blind spots do you think you have about yourself?
Reader of our souls,
You know us better than anyone
Whisper to us what we need to know
to be whole and holy
Help us to be people without deceit.