Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and
that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it
more sees more -- more unseen forms become manifest to him. - Rumi
(Gospel Text: JN 7:1-2, 10, 25-30)
Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in
Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast
of Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the
feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in
secret. Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one
they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say
nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the
Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one
will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as
he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am
from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you
do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent
me.” So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon
him, because his hour had not yet come.
All of us experience times when we speak with another person or persons
to explain something and no matter how hard we try, they fail to get
the point we are trying to make.
How could they not see what is so clear to me? Our Lord had that kind
of a problem with the Pharisees 2000 years ago, and today's gospel
reading is a good example of it.
Today, we are living in a world of spin, where the sound byte is
everything, not the context. While this may be a generalization, it
does seem that most people want to believe something that sounds good
rather than something that requires honest self reflection.
Once more we are confronted with “crowds” who want easy "believism."
I'm reminded of a recent commercial on television where a girl makes
the comment, "They can't put anything on the internet that isn't true."
The guy responds, "Where'd you hear that?" She replies, "The internet."
When we look at the teachings of the Catholic Church in relation to
this modern day "believism", one can easy concluded that some of the
practices / dogma are very hard to “digest”. Sometimes they look like
ugly hard rocks, but split them open and you will be surprised and
blessed by what you find. There are wonderful and powerful insights
that come when you invest some hard work and crack open each nugget of
teaching and find a beautiful gem of truth inside.