April 28, 2020 – Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
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“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?” I find this condition to be so bold and shameless. It is equivalent in asking, “What can you give me? What profit will I gain in believing in you, God?” It is a condition filled with selfishness.
Accordingly, the people who asked this condition to Jesus were very concerned with what they can profit or gain from Jesus. They asked him a sign that they may believe in him, yet, what they were after was actually the works of Jesus that will be beneficial for them. The people were not concerned about who Jesus was, they are not even interested in his person but on what they can get, out from him.
Many times, we have also this kind of attitude. This is an attitude similar to a “linta” (leech), a blood sucking worm. We relate and make friends with others for the sake of getting something from them. Indeed, there might be many of us who would use other people, friends and even family members, to get money from them or any material things. There are also those kind of people who like to make friends because they just want attention and so that they will feel important. People like these only serve themselves and not others. These are forms of selfishness – attitudes that only think and enrich the self and only the self. Thus, we become a parasite that takes advantage of others.
This is also true in our Christian faith. We might come into a point in our Christian life where we are more concerned with what God can give us, or we might be more focused on the rewards and blessings that we will receive from God. With these motivations in our mind, we tend to become more legalistic in our Christian faith. These motivations will make us people who are preoccupied with what we get from God.
Thus, this will blind us from becoming true Christians. We will miss the whole point of being a Christian too because being Christian is not about what God can give me or what our Church can give me but about a personal relationship with a person, with Jesus. Being a Christian, is first having the knowledge of God in our life that will move us to develop an intimate relationship with God through our prayer life and deeds with one another. Hinaut pa.
Jom Baring, CSsR