Tuesday 23 April 2024

About Today Readings

St George; St Adalbert

Acts 11:19-26. All you nations, praise the Lord – Psalm 86(87):1-7. John 10:22-30.

Do you believe?

What does it mean to ‘believe’ in Jesus? The scientists – and by that term I mean those who adhere to scientism – would tell us that we need concrete evidence in order to believe. They are perhaps similar to those who approach Jesus in the Temple in today’s reading. They’re not likely to ‘believe’ Jesus if he tells them he’s ‘the Christ’. They simply want him to say the words, so he might be reported as an agitator.

For those who follow Jesus, belief means something different. They don’t need ‘evidence’, because Jesus lives among them. For them belief means loyalty or dedication. What Jesus is saying is that to fully comprehend his words, one must fully embrace Jesus and his mission in the world. If one cannot do that, then no declaration, no miracle, no worldly evidence will be enough to bridge the gap to make you a believer.

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