Be Human. Like Jesus.

Scripture (John 5:17-30)

Jesus answered the Jews:
"My Father is at work until now, so I am at work."
For this reason they tried all the more to kill him,
because he not only broke the Sabbath
but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own,
but only what he sees the Father doing;
for what he does, the Son will do also.
For the Father loves the Son
and shows him everything that he himself does,
and he will show him greater works than these,
so that you may be amazed.
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life,
so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
Nor does the Father judge anyone,
but he has given all judgment to the Son,
so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.
Whoever does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent him.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word
and believes in the one who sent me
has eternal life and will not come to condemnation,
but has passed from death to life.
Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself,
so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.
And he gave him power to exercise judgment,
because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this,
because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs
will hear his voice and will come out,
those who have done good deeds
to the resurrection of life,
but those who have done wicked deeds
to the resurrection of condemnation.

"I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,
because I do not seek my own will
but the will of the one who sent me."


"I cannot do anything on my own;

I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,

because I do not seek my own will

but the will of the one who sent me." John 5:30


Jesus has his humanity on full display today.

“I CANNOT do anything…”

“...I DO NOT seek my own will…”

This is Jesus we are talking about here. This is the guy who walks on water. This is the dude who heals. This is the man who preaches the best messages. That man has always known he is special. That dude has always known he is God. That guy has always known who his REAL father is.

The fact is Jesus is as human as you and me. It's so easy for us to dismiss his humanity and say, “Oh, he knew he was God.”  Jesus is no superhuman that walks the earth. Jesus is still trying to figure out who God is the entire time before his death.  Jesus’ humanity is one of the biggest keys to our faith. Jesus is an average guy. He’s got a mom and dad. He’s got friends who are true. He’s got friends who are bums. He likes to get together with people. He likes his quiet time.  If we never put ourselves in the shoes of Jesus, realizing that we are no different than him, Jesus says it himself, we can’t do anything. We won’t see anything. We won’t get God.

See Jesus this Lent as a human. Take away all the awesome things we cite he's done to make him the GCOAT - the Greatest Catholic of All Time. If you do, Jesus says today that you will see God.  And for that matter, quit looking at everyone else we assign as a super Catholic. Saints are just as human as Jesus. That woman at church, who is the nicest, most holy prayer warrior, is human. Don’t think for a minute that holiness and the will of God cannot be yours.

Look at your humanity as God looks at your humanity - PERFECT! Let God’s look at you make you want to not do anything unless He’s involved. Let God’s look at you make you want to do only His will. Your holiness will shine. Your life will change. You will be a saint. You will be human. You will be like Jesus.

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  • How many times have you looked at the life of a Saint and thought, “There’s no way I’ll ever be that good?”
  • How many people in your life do you see with an unattainable holiness?
  • How can you see them as human?
  • How can you quit your thinking that you can’t be as holy as Jesus?
  • What will it take for you to let God do things for you, but His way?
The God of the Incarnation is more domestic than monastic.
— Ronald Rohlheiser


Precious and Human Lord,

Your life can show me how to give my own life to God.

Your life can show me how God’s will can be my will.

May my humanity reflect God’s perfection.

May His actions be shown through my humanity.

And may actions show honor to our heavenly Father.




Bryan Ramsey is the Coordinator of Youth Ministry for St. James Catholic Church Menomonee Falls.