The Church of Saint Agnes

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4th Week of Easter

Date: 
Tue, 04/28/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The Jews were suspicious….believed Jesus was purposefully withholding information
about who he was and what he was doing there….
or even worse, that he was playing with them, toying with them,
enjoying their frustration, their confusion.
They blamed Jesus for their inability to see, inability to understand.
They wanted certainty…wanted irrefutable proof.
His life, his example, his teaching, his concern for the poor,
his healing ministry, his power over the forces of nature…..
These did little to convince the Jews…..they cling to their suspicions.
 
To hold on to a particular conclusion even when available evidence
contradicts the conclusion, is called defiance.
It is one thing to withhold personal judgment
until more information can be gathered and considered.
It is another thing to be combative, to defensively attack,
or to destroy the evidence in order to settle inner contradiction.
 
Obstinately refusing to adjust a belief, an attitude, after being exposed to the truth
is childish….an indication of immaturity.
Other childish responses to life include:  manipulation through weakness;
pretending to be helpless; withholding tenderness and affection
as a means of retaliation or control; purposefully making choices for the sake of irritating others;
acting overwhelmed by tasks easily accomplished.
 
I realize that to say the Jews were childish is an oversimplification.
For Jesus to make the claim that he and the Father were one
exceeded their limit of possibility.
There was too much at stake for them to walk away…..and yet they resisted.
Because of this resistance
the Jews could not see the Christ, even though he stood in their midst.
 
Our Easter faith is about new birth,
it is about receiving a grace that allows us to believe:
God draws us beyond what we already know.
The risen Lord is among us.  To see him today requires new conscious insight.
People sometimes say “I will never understand Christ like Mother Theresa did,
or John Paul II did, or St. Francis did.”
I think such people are really saying “ I don’t want to understand as they did.”
Why? Because with understanding comes responsibility, and change,
and the obligation to give more, to do more, to be more.
 
I willingly admit:  I am not fully grown.  Would everyone here admit the same?
If so, then we must accept the fact that we are immature.
 
“Help us, O Lord, to overcome our defiance
and willingly acquiesce to the promptings of your Spirit.  Amen!”