Jesus knew human nature as we cannot know it. He knew its baseness, as we even do not know it; he knew its frailty, its inconsistency. Yet, knowing it, he dared to say to us: “Follow me.” How well he thought of us, how nobly he judged us who said to us, “Come where I go, follow me to the heights of self-sacrifice that I have climbed.” He would not have said it unless he meant it, unless he knew that we could. He was no dreamer. He knew mankind. He knew the shallowness of those who then followed him and of those who would follow him, but he knew also their depth, their greatness. And knowing this he calls all of us to follow him.
— Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P. (via)