One of the heresies of Modernism is that Christ did not know He was God until later in His Life, like at His baptism. This heresy has infiltrated seminaries and parishes, with priests giving sermons on this false idea.

Christ always knew He was God and was always with the Trinity.

But, some people even in His time on earth, did not recognize Him as God. He could not work in Nazareth because the people who had known him all his life could not or would not accept Him as the Messiah, and most likely, members of His extended family, such as cousins refused to follow Him. But, Christ did not need men or women to validate Him. He knew Who He IS.

Likewise, when Philip went to Nathanael and told him he had found the Christ, Nathanael’s prejudice made him answer, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

Nathanael’s looking down on anyone who came from that town and his own contempt for Nazarenes, was contempt for Christ.

My Jesuit mentor in the book of meditations I have notes that Christ saw something more in Nathanael, that he was deep down looking for truth, as he did follow Philip and that he was not deceitful. Jesus went on to call out of Nathanael a proclamation of faith. Christ revealed to Nathanael that He could see not only into the man’s heart, but where he had been a while ago. Then, grace filled Nathanael and He could see Jesus for Who He Is. Nathanael responded with a statement, an act of faith–“Rabbi, Thou are the Son of God , Thou art the King of Israel!”

Today, I was thinking of Christ’s great position in the Trinity. He did not have to defend Himself to anyone as He knew Who He IS.

Likewise, we do not need men and women to validate us. The persecution will come about partly because some Christians, and even some Catholics, will not be able to stand up against the crowd, the government, their own groups. They will cooperate, as so many Catholics in Germany, Poland, Austria and so on cooperated with the Nazis in helping them exterminate the Jews. And why?

Because these weak people needed the approval of their peers, they need validation from men and women rather than from God. Sadly, this was the history of those who followed Luther, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and others who persecuted the Church.

To whom do you go for identity? Do you go to God or humans? Our identity is in God, as each one of us who are baptized are each a child of God, an heir of heaven, and disciples of Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit through baptism and confirmation.

If each one of us comes to know who we each are before God, we shall be saved and not cave in during the pressures of the trials to come. If we do not discover our true identity in Christ, we may be lost.

When we know who we are, we should seek out others who know who they are-first and foremost followers of Christ, sons and daughters of the Father, disciples sent into the world to bring others to God.

Who validates you? I like how St. Paul tells us who he is and how he explains, briefly, that because of who he is, he is not like others.

Romans 1: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God…