Very often we distance ourselves from Jesus.  We say, “What Jesus knew we cannot know, and what Jesus did we cannot do.”  But Jesus never puts any distance between himself and us.   He says:  “I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father” (John 15:15) and  “In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, and will perform even greater works”  (John 14:12).

Indeed, we are called to know what Jesus knew and do what Jesus did.  Do we really want that, or do we prefer to keep Jesus at arms’ length?

- Henri J. M. Nouwen