How can we learn what Jesus is really like? Alban Goodier, SJ, in his book A More Excellent Way says: “It is important for us to bear always in mind that we learn our Lord as he was, and therefore as he is, wholly from the Gospels. Other lives of him, other writings, books of meditation and the like, may help us to interpret him; they may give us the fruit of the discoveries of others; but in the end even the most inspired and the most living of these must be referred back to the Gospels…. In them alone, [Jesus] is set before us infallibly as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
There will never be a time in our lives when we thoroughly understand the real Jesus. All we can do is ask questions that provoke our thinking more deeply about him. The Gospels will suggest the answers. The Holy Spirit guides those who read the Gospels with a completely open mind and heart. We understand Jesus better when we become more like him.
Show me your face, Lord. Let me not be like those who walked with you for many years and managed to remain ignorant of who you really are. Make my heart like yours so that I can see.