was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up
in another village, where he worked in a carpenter's shop until he was
thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.
He never had a
family or owned a house. He did not go to college. He never had visited a
big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was
born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He
had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when the tide of
public opinion turned against him.
His friends ran away. He was turned
over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed
to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners
gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. While he was
dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the
human race and the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever
marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever
sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the
life of man on earth as that one solitary life.
could come out of Nazareth? Nazareth
is a mystery of humble hiddenness. Those thirty years are wrapped in
anonymity. Jesus was regarded as being just an ordinary person. No one recognized
Jesus. No one saw in him Divinity, Incarnate nor the God-man. He was taken
for granted. He was referred to almost derisively as being "the
this teach us that if we look for God in spectacular places, we shall
discover him out rarely, if at all?
But if we seek him in ordinariness, there will hardly be a moment when we
will not encounter him.
years of hiddenness. Just three short years of public ministry. How
there was a whole world waiting to be saved, why did Jesus "waste" so
much time? When
time was fast running out, why did he spend such a large period of his life
apparently doing nothing?
the choices and options of Jesus have something to say to us?
ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS NEEDS A LIFELONG MEDITATION.
from the spiritual presentation of Fr. Paulson Mundanmani on September 15,
2003, at the FCC School of Leaders session at St. Mary's Church in Oakland,
God for what you have, Trust God for what you need. God always
gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him.