Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (John 1:45-46)
Identity. Lineage. Place. Location. Status. Race. Gender. Perceptions. Categories. Limits. Judgement. It’s easier to see labels than to see people in all of their complexity. We do it to each other. We do it to ourselves. We do it to God. We do it to plants and animals. Taxonomy. Do you think a crow knows or cares that it is a crow? It is simply itself as God created it. We label ourselves in cloaks of self-made and assumed identities. Beneath the labels and accusations, each person is a pure self, created and loved by God.
Labels can blind us to what and who is actually present with us. What if we were to see ourselves, others, God, and all reality beyond labels, once? Might we, like God, fall in love? God sees and knows you beyond labels, even before you are born, all of your life, even when you do not see yourself. What if you were to divest yourself of labels just once, the good and the bad ones, and look into the mirror of your life?
Can anything good come from the mind of God? Come and see.