Believing and following Christ would probably have been easier had I lived during His time on earth. I imagine myself crisscrossing the lake of Tiberias visiting the towns and villages of Galilee, to be with people or to get away from them. Or, walking the roads with Him on the way to Jerusalem or Bethany or Nazareth or Cana. If I were beset by any questions, I could just simply ask Him and He would right away give me the answer I seek.

But then again, this might be too simplistic a scenario because people during those times did indeed ask Jesus a lot of questions and there were many who still did not believe nor follow Him. In today’s Gospel, Christ is battered with questions by the people around Him.

Some of the questions were mundane, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”  I also often ask Him similarly mundane questions, like “How can I see you, Lord, in my daily life when what I do is very ordinary and routine, day in and day out?”

Some of the questions were tempting or even testing God, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? In my own life, how many times have I asked for a sign from God that He is present by my side when all I have to do is to open my eyes and ears to see and to hear His presence.

Some of the questions were downright honest and appropriate, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”  There are also moments when this is my own question and seek an answer for in my prayers.

Faith without doubts or questions often lapses into intolerance and fundamentalism. To be human in fact is to be always full of questions. And the more questions I encounter and ask, the more I also realize that I am not only a material being but a spiritual being as well. I realize that getting the answers to my questions make me informed and knowledgeable. But it is the act of asking the questions itself that make me truly wise and truly human.

There are questions that challenge me intellectually, like why am I here? what is life? how did the universe come about? And with the power of my mind, I learn and acquire knowledge and information.

There are questions that evoke strong emotions in me, like what am I willing to do for a loved one? why is there so much suffering and pain in this world? what is my mission in all of this? With these emotions and listening to my heart, I learn that there are reasons that the heart knows that the mind does not understand nor realize.

There are questions that come from the guts and often very difficult to answer, like what is the reason that I would want to get up in the morning and face another day? If I had but a fraction of what I have now, would I still find meaning and purpose to my life?

I usually rely on my reason and emotions trying to arrive at answers. But I also often realize that as I mull some of these questions over and over again, somehow I know that deep in my innermost core, I already have the answers that I am seeking for.

The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
~ Pslam 78
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?  Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
John 6:24-35
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2 Responses to Questions

  1. jake says:

    an act of kindness is one sure way of invoking christ’s presence…

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