As we continue on our Easter journey, I think about how Jesus uses simple words to encourage, inspire and transform us into living examples of his language and command for us…
In John’s Gospel 10:24-25 – scripture shares with us the story of when Jesus walked into the temple area at the Portico of Solomon – the Jews gathered there and asked him to tell them plainly if He was, in fact, the Messiah. Jesus responded, “ I told you and you don’t believe.”
I’m quite sure that Jesus’s statement left them confused and wondering what else could He do for them to believe that He was the Messiah. Jesus was not being critical. Instead, He was helping them understand His language. He was helping them to understand that the answer to their question was not a matter of Jesus simply telling them, “I am the Messiah!” Rather, the answer to their question had to come to them from the Father in Heaven, spoken to their hearts as they listened to Jesus and witnessed His miracles. The answer was to be given to them by the gift of faith that had to be received from within. This gift of faith would give them the certainty they so desired.
The same is true with us. Perhaps you’ve wanted God to come down from Heaven at times and tell you “plainly” the answer to this or that question. But He does not do that. He does it in His perfect way with His perfect language. It’s the language of faith and it requires a complete submission of our minds and wills to God to hear and understand. This is the only way to become converted in the way God wants us to be.
Reflect, today, on how well you listen to God speak. You most likely can learn to listen to Him more clearly, discerning His voice of truth. As you hear Him, let yourself become completely convinced of all that He says. And let that deep conviction rule your life.
Lord of all Truth, I so often do not let myself hear You plainly through the gift of faith. I so often want the easy answer to the difficult questions. Help me to grow in patience so that I may know You and allow You to become my true Shepherd. Jesus, I trust in You.
St. Patrick, pray for us!