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Friday, 27 March 2009

Sir, we wish to see Jesus (Jn 12:20-33)

The Gospel is again taken from John this week (Joh 12:20-33). I will only write a very short reflection as we will be away most of the weekend and I didn't want to wait until Sunday evening before posting one.

My attention was drawn to the following passage when I read the Gospel for the first time this week.
"Sir, we wish to see Jesus."  (Joh 12:21 RSV)

There are some Greeks who came up to Philip, and subsequent Philip went with Andrew and together to Jesus with their request.During the week I was thinking a lot of the phrase "Come and see" as we can find a few times in the Gospels, for example in the Gospel of John in verse 1:39, when Andrew and John ask Jesus where he lives, and also later with the call of Nathanael.

I think the "Come and see", and the question of the Greeks if they can see Jesus, is very important. The only reason to understand Jesus, and to get to know Him is to spent time with Him. The answer to the question of Jesus, "What do you seek", asked to Andrew and John in the first Chapter of the Gospel of John is "Where do you life?". A question about the intimate life of Jesus, a question to find out who He really is. Not just some outside, abstract idea, but really the person...

In the first reading, from Jeremiah (Jer 31-31-34), we can read that God says through the prophet "I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts;" (Jer 31:33 RSV) and also "and no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD;" (Jer 31:34 RSV).

Maybe a bit far fetched, but I think we can reflect on this in combination with the "come and see". If we really start to know the Lord we don't really need anybody to tell us about Him. In the beginning we might need to be pointed in the right direction, as I needed when I converted to Christianity. I needed to be shown that it was plausible that God existed, and needed to be pointed in the right direction to meet Him, in my case initially through the Scriptures. For me the scriptures told me about Christ, through reading a few paragraphs of the scriptures every day I opened my heart to Him...

However when we start to open our hearts to Jesus, we can allow Him to come in. Jesus said "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20 RSV), so when we open the door of our hearts to Jesus He will come in. And that event will completely change our lives, it will be the encounter with the event, the event who is a person, a person named Jesus Christ as pope Benedict XVI has put it multiple times...

"Sir, we wish to see Jesus", the voice inmost in all our hearts... "if any one hears my voice"... when we hear and respond to this voice we will not need anybody to tell us anymore about how to find the fullness of life, as the fullness of life will be within us!

(I posted an followup with some simple reflection on how to "come and see". Please follow this link)

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