I couldn’t find an online copy of tonight’s patristic reading since virtually all the regular sites are observing the feast of the Baptism today…Sorry! 😦 Speaking of which, I will be observing Jesus’ baptism on Jan. 16th :))

Psalms: 131, 132
Gospel: John 5:1-15

[The Pharisees] asked [the man who had been healed], ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in* the crowd that was there (John 5:12-13)

The theme of the healed not knowing the identity of Jesus is a recurring motif in John’s Gospel…..the steward does not know who changes the water into wine at the wedding in Cana….the Samaritan woman does not know whom she meets at the well in chapter 4…..this man is unsure of the man who told him to get up and walk…..the woman caught in adultery (chapter eight) and the man born blind (chapter 9) finds himself saved by a complete stranger.

In fact, the Gospel is predicated on the reader (and the characters in the narrative) coming to understand who Jesus really is. He is not simply another prophet…but the eternal logos who is one with the Father.

I find this an interesting point of contemplation during the Epiphany season…..when we–as the liturgical name suggests– consciously look for the ways that God is made manifest in our lives.

I wonder…..how many times does God stand in our midst, and we are left totally clueless????

It doesn’t take away from the fact that the LORD heals us and makes us whole…..but there may be times when we don’t recognize it fully…….I’m reminded of a quote I once heard used by the Chaplain at the college….

Coincidence is simply God’s way of remaining anonymous :D+