10th of May

Publié le 9 Mai 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 10:22-30): 

 

The feast of the Dedication was then taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

 

The Application

 

Jesus is in Jerusalem, and particularly in the temple area. It seems to us that the Jews were apparently interested in knowing Jesus and search in Him, the ONE who is expected. All these appearances are sadly in fault, because, there refused to believe what is visible and palpable, particularly the goodness that the poor, sick and blind have identified in Jesus. For all those who desire to believe, God does help them to see the invisible Truth, hidden in visible elements.

 

Jesus once again affirms a truth about faith: faith is a gift, not an intellectual mastery. That is why the Jews with a perfect knowledge of the law, with an eye directed towards this God of the law, including Nicodemus, were not able to believe. We must take this step of Nicodemus, to go to the Lord, in all sincerity, even if it is in the dark, and listen to Him. My sheep listen to me and I know them, a loving knowledge, for His sheep He will give His life.

 

In these days we are invited not only to discover the risen Christ, but also the One who sent him to us, the Father. If our gaze remains trapped with the visible elements, in the person of Jesus, as a man, we will lose the whole purpose of the incarnation, death and resurrection. It is necessary that we discover the Father in Jesus, for he who has seen Jesus, GOD-MAN, has seen the Father, Jesus told us.

 

Action of the day: Believe the mystery in you and go beyond what is visible to the eyes and intellect.

“The Father and I are one.”

 

Fr. Miquel MASATS i Roca

(Girona, Spain)

 

Today, we see Jesus walking “about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon” (Jn 10:23), during the Feast of Dedication, in Jerusalem. It was then when the Jews ask him: “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly”, and Jesus answers: “I told you and you do not believe” (Jn 10:24-25).

Only through Faith man is able to recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God. When The Holy Father John Paul II addressed the young people on occasion of the 15th World Youth Day at Tor Vergata, in the year 2000, he spoke about the “school of faith”. To the question “Who do the crowds say that I am?” (Lk 9:18), there are many answers... But, then, Jesus becomes more personal: “But, who do you say that I am?” To correctly answer this question we need the “revelation of the Father”. To be able to answer like Simon Peter did —“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16) it takes God's grace.

But, even though God wishes everybody to believe and be saved, only humble men are capacitated to receive the gift of grace. “But with the humble is wisdom”, can be read in the Book of Proverbs (11:2). Man's true wisdom consists of trusting God.

Saint Thomas Aquinas comments on this passage of the Gospel by saying: «I can see thanks to the sunlight, but if I close my eyes, I cannot see; but this is not the fault of the sun, but mine».

Jesus tells them to believe in him, if nothing else, because of his works that manifest God's power: “The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me” (Jn 10:25).

Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep hear his voice. Faith allows us to connect with Jesus through prayer. What else is a prayer but a way to communicate with Jesus Christ, who loves us and takes us to the Father? And the outcome and reward of this intimacy with Jesus in this life is eternal life, as we have read in the Gospel.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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