The most important thing to know about Jesus is that he loves you. Have no doubt about that. No matter who you are, how broken or burdened you may feel, Jesus loves you and wants you to follow him so that he can take care of you.
Through his death on the Cross and his Resurrection, Jesus conquered death and sin for us all. Jesus was a man, and he is the Son of God, sent to us by the Father to save us. He went through the pain and glory of his Passion for you.
"Come to me all who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart, and you will find rest in your souls." Matthew 11:29
There is no better place to learn about Jesus of Nazareth than in the four Gospels of the New Testament. From his birth in Bethlehem to his Ascension into Heaven, The Bible tells us all we need to know, and when we answer the call to follow him, we become his disciples.
We do need to listen to what he says in the Gospels, and try to live our lives according to his teaching. His way is the way to happiness, and to the Kingdom of God, even though it may be challenging at times.
By attending Mass, we are able to understand the Gospel more fully, thanks to the hard work of the presiding priest who will generally base his homily on the Gospel reading. We can often meet Jesus in the Liturgy of the Word.
"This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me." Luke 22:19
At Mass, we also encounter Jesus in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. He is present in the wine and in the bread, as we believe that these are his blood and his body. We enter into the body of Christ when we accept the host, and are bonded as one with Christ and with the people of his Church.
There we find Jesus at the altar, in the words, in the person sitting next to us, and, if we are are open to him, in the quiet space of our hearts.