Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.”
Jesus could read people very well. He was fully committed to loving and serving God and through this could sense when others had “mixed motives.” Jesus had the ability to see inside the hearts of others and to know their motivations. He sensed that Nathanael had pure motivations and was not “two-faced.” How often do we really examine our own motivations as to why we do the things we do? Are we motivated by loving and serving God? Let’s face it…we all sometimes have selfish and at the very least mixed motivations. Even when I carry out a kind act toward another…I sometimes realize that I’m looking for an affirmation or pay-back. God will help us see our true motivations if we make it a practice of taking time for silence with the Divine Therapist. It’s hard to have totally pure motivations. That’s why it’s a good idea to never judge someone else’s motivations and actions…and to sincerely work on our own. As Pope Francis said, “Who am I to judge?” When I’m motivated by love alone…then maybe I can start judging others. That should take me the rest of my life…and then some.
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