Today’s reading for Holy Week (John 12:20-36) includes this interesting opening:
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.
They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” (John 12:20-21 NRSV)
It isn’t clear if the people are the same, but by the end of the passage the crowd is pushing back against what Jesus says. And they want to know who is the “Son of Man” to whom Jesus refers.
What strikes me on this Tuesday of Holy Week is how much God wants me to see Jesus – not to understand him, not to interpret him, not to explain him. Just to see him, as the Greeks asked to do. To see him for who he was and is. To hear what he says without layering on my own assumptions or questions or stuff. I come at him with so much of my own stuff that clouds by vision and interferes with my hearing.
Today, Lord, let me see and hear.