(Jn 10, 22-30)
The feast of the Dedication was 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 Christ, 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.”
There are people who find it hard to understand until it is clearly spelled out to them. This becomes even more glaring when the people in question do not share our horizon. Talking with them becomes a heavy task.
Jesus had His share of these kind of encounters. People press Him for a clear articulation of His Person so that their mind would be at ease. They are too lazy to unravel the mystery of who He is. They want to know not for the sake of faith but to have an information that would put them at ease. Thus Jesus pointed to them His works. These are the clearest proofs of who He is but still they could not understand. They do not have the disposition of a follower to grasp the meaning of Jesus’ work. It is because of this that He will not tell them who He is. It is useless. They will probably ask for more explanations rather than believe.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.
Lord! Before every temptation or challenge, please let me be clear to You, be courageous to be loyal, and be trusted to pray. Amen.