Mark 7: 24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice.
Maye, Isaac, and I walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in July during our summer vacation. We sat on a pew and admired the architecture of the sanctuary, observed the tourists taking pictures while trying to pay attention to the evening Mass for young people occurring at the same time.
Someone tapped me on the shoulder and I turned to look back. The man asked if my last name was Saenz to which I responded, “Yes.” He went on to tell me that he recognized me because I look like my younger brother Ricky. He added that he was from a city 15 miles from my hometown of Rio Grande City and that he played golf on occasion with my dad. We chatted a while, took a group picture I texted to my brother and parted ways.
I never thought I’d be noticed in a city with millions of people, but I was.
Jesus was trying to escape notice but he could not escape notice. In the ensuing story, a Syro-phoenician Greek woman finds out Jesus is in the region of Tyre, north of the Israeli border, and goes out to him to ask for her daughter’s healing. Jesus proclaims her daughter is well and the woman returns home and finds her daughter healed and lying peacefully in bed.
The Unconcealable Christ cannot be hidden to a world that is hurting and searching. As disciples, we can’t be secret Christians who follow an unconcealable Christ that seeks to know others and be known by others.
Prayer: Reveal yourself through me today, Lord, through the words of my mouth and witness of life. Amen.