Jesus in our Midst

July 21, 2008

“…and here there is greater than Solomon…” (Matthew 12:42)

“Blessing and Glory”

“God Alone”

“O Send Forth Your Light”

“In Your Light, We See Light”

“Fountain of Life”

These are just some of the most popular songs written by Catholic Charismatic Renewal master songwriter Bro. John Keating. But he is not one who would boast about it.

John is one of the most humble and down-to-earth people I know. Despite the prestige. Despite the honor. Despite popularity.

I remember one time, while I was hearing mass together with John, the parish choir, completely oblivious to John’s presence in the crowd, even sang one of his songs.

Everytime I recall this incident, I couldn’t help but wonder at how the choir missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the man who has captivated so many among us in the Charismatic Renewal because of his music. But no. They failed to recognize greatness in their midst.

Same thing can be said of those people who failed to recognize Jesus when he walked this earth 2,000 years ago. No wonder Jesus had to say:

“…and here there is greater than Solomon…” (Matthew 12:42)

And the sad thing is this: until today, we still sometimes fail to recognize Jesus in our midst.

In that streetchild sniffing rugby by the alley…

In that officemate who lost a son in a vehicular accident…

In that senior citizen left abandoned by her family in a home for the aged…

In that wife abandoned by her husband…

Jesus is everywhere, calling us to recognize Him.

Today, I invite you to open the eyes of your heart to his presence. In your office. In your homes. By your side. Within your heart.

Look closely. There is someone greater than Solomon there.

Have a blessed day!

In Christ, your friend always,

Bobby Q.


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