Jesus Reveals Himself

Several years ago, as I was driving to work, I spotted a homeless man digging through a dumpster for food. I stopped and gave the man the two donuts I had just purchased.  As I drove away, I realized I could have done more. Instantly I turned around. He was nowhere to be found. I drove to work wishing I had offered more help. My mind drifted to this verse:  Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.”  Was this man Jesus, I wondered. I invite you to read more.

I’ll never know if this was a real encounter with Jesus, but I do know that God reveals Himself to us in many ways, often times, in ways we miss. God is relentless in pursuing us. God is love and as love, He desires to reveal Himself to His beloved. God wants to make Himself known to us. God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. He wants us to know Him and love Him.

The Old Testament shows us that God slowly, over time, revealed Himself to His chosen people. Throughout our lifetime God, also slowly and sometimes in strange ways, reveals Himself to us.

We are at that time in the liturgical calendar when the Scripture readings are about Jesus revealing Himself after His resurrection. We really don’t know how many times Jesus revealed Himself prior to His ascension. In John 20:30 it states: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book.”

The Bible does record many of Jesus’ appearances.

When Mary Magdalene saw the stone had been rolled away, she ran to tell the Apostles. John and Peter entered the tomb and saw the burial cloths lying where Jesus had been buried. Peter saw and he believed. Do we believe that we encounter Jesus in our daily lives?

Thomas was not with the Apostles the first time Jesus appeared to them. He was unwilling to believe until He could put his fingers in Jesus’ hands and his hand into Jesus’ side. Are we skeptical when Jesus appears to us?

When Jesus revealed Himself to the seven Disciples in John’s Gospel, He not only helped them to catch fish, but He prepared them their breakfast.  After His resurrection, as we read in Acts 5:12-16, Jesus continued to reveal Himself through the signs and wonders done by His Apostles. Do we believe in the signs and wonders Jesus is still doing today?

Jesus continues to this very day to reveal Himself to us. Jesus reveals Himself to us in many little things every day. He reveals Himself to us through others that we encounter. He reveals Himself to us through nature. Are we seeing Him in these revelations? Did He, in fact, reveal Himself to me through the homeless man at the dumpster?  When He does reveal Himself to us, will we believe like Peter did at the tomb, or will be skeptical like Thomas was and need more proof?

Allow me to close this week’s message with a few questions:

  1. In what ways did Jesus reveal Himself to you this past week?
  2. Did you miss some opportunities to see Jesus this past week?
  3. Did Jesus reveal Himself to someone through you this past week?
  4. Did you miss some opportunities to reveal Jesus to others this past week?
  5. What can you do to be more aware of Jesus in your everyday life?

Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing Yourself to me through Your Son Jesus. He continues to reveal Himself to me all the time. Too often Lord I miss Him. Open my eyes Lord to every appearance of Your Son in my life. Amen!  

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Brian Pusateri

Brian Pusateri

Brian is a Christian author and speaker. Brian, a lifelong Catholic, felt his life was forever changed when God spoke to his heart while attending an eight day silent Christian retreat in November of 2011. Soon after that retreat Brian founded 4th Day Letters and Broken Door Ministries. With the God inspired message of mercy and unconditional love that was placed on his heart during that retreat, Brian has been impacting others all over the country and around the world with his weekly letters, his talks, and his all day Christian retreats. Brian’s life was again impacted in a very dramatic way when his eyesight suddenly became permanently impaired due to a diagnosis of Multiple Scleroses (MS) in June of 2014. This health challenge has only served to draw Brian closer to God and bolster the importance of this timely yet ageless message.
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8 Comments

  1. Susan Engelke on May 7, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Brian, I love reading your letters, it is always a great way to start my week. Keep them coming. Hope you are doing well. Susan Engelke

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on May 7, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Susan!

      It is so nice to hear from you. I will keep them coming for as long as God let’s me keep writing and the Holy Spirit keeps prompting me with something to write about. I hope you are well! God bless.

      Brian

  2. Michael T Schaefer on May 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Brian
    Thanks!
    On point!
    Michael

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on May 7, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Michael!

      • Maria Garcia on May 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm

        Mr Brian would you please keep my husband and daughter in your prayers, they are both into drugs, I just don’t know what to do anymore. Thank you Maria Garcia.

        • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on May 8, 2019 at 3:27 am

          Yes and I will encourage other to pray for you and your family too!

  3. Fr. John Barry, Resurrection parish on May 7, 2019 at 1:30 am

    In your list, its 500 not 5000, unless Jesus went to an Orioles game. He’d see about 5k there.

    I once wrote my own Stations of the Resurrection, back in the 1990s.
    I didnt save it, but ot was fun to write and pray.

    I needed 14 stations, so I wrote Mary the MOG as the first, like St. Ignatius and others have assumed. Mystics agree with that, too. For my Scripture, i used the Magnificat, for it seems more a Resurrection prayer than an Annunxiation one. Read it.

    My number 3 was a private appearance to Peter, which is menrioned to Cleopas as he comes to report his Emmaus sighting.
    My number 9 was privately to Peter again in the 3 fold “Do you love me’s” as a private conversation of the two and Peters re- commisioning
    My number 13 was to Paul later, as told in Acts.
    My number 14 was to Peter once more, as he sees Jesus on the Appian Way, which convinces Peter to back to Rome for his martyrdom.
    My number 15, the last meditation, was the bonus ones that Jesus has given to US by faith, so to know Him, ” blest are those who have not seen and believed” is the Scripture for that.

    On the back page I saluted all persons and saints who have got special revelation (e.g. St. Francis, St. Christopher, etc.(.

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on May 7, 2019 at 3:32 am

      Fr. John

      Thank you for sharing this. I made the correction. I appreciate you catching it.

      Brian

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