Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter (19th April, 2016) on the Gospel

Acts 11:19-26;
Ps 86:1-7. (R. Ps 116:1);
Jn 10:22-30.

Topic: Question determines answer.

The Jews gathered around Jesus in today’s gospel and asked Him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

Asking questions is very important in life. In the book of Deuteronomy we read, “Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you” (Deut 32:7). The Israelites landed themselves in a mess because they did not ask question, cf. Josh 9:3-14. And knowledge gives life to its possessor, cf. Eccl 7:12b. Hence, God lamented that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, cf. Hos 4:6.

At the face level, one might conclude that the Jews put those questions to Jesus for them to know the truth that would set them free, cf. Jn 8:32. However, it is important to recall that they often asked Jesus questions just to test Him, cf. Matt 16:1. 22:35; Mk 10:2; Jn 8:1-6. Hence, Jesus who knows everything said to them, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep” cf. Jn 16:30. The rest of today’s gospel (Jn 10:27-30) was read two days ago.

Questions as we have noted are very important. However, we must desist from using them just as weapons against others. The Jews remained in their ignorance because they never asked to know. And if we continue to use questions just as weapons against others, we might end up working against ourselves.

Bible Reading: Matt 21:23-27.

Thought for today: Ask right questions well.

Let us pray: Lord, assist us to ask right questions that will lead us to knowledge – Amen.

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