Yesterday, I mentioned that if we lose sight of Jesus, the Temple is always the first place to look for him. I said that Mary and Joseph discovered this truth. Mary’s first words to Jesus on discovering her Son in the Temple is a question: “My child, why have you done this to us?” Jesus answers with two questions: “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs.” Luke 2 : 48-49
Earlier in the account of the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, Luke writes that Jesus… was sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. Luke 2 : 46-47
Who has not experienced the wisdom of Jesus and his responses to our questions when in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? When Jesus is present before us, he asks many questions, prompting us to seek answers. The questions are a sure sign of enabling us to recognise his Presence. Sometimes they disturb – they challenge.
After his Resurrection Jesus asks many questions of those who were close to him before his crucifixion. But yet, they are unable to recognise him at first.
When Jesus appears to Mary outside his tomb, he asks her: “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for? John 20 : 15
On the road to Emmaus, Jesus asks the two disciples: “What matters are you discussing as you walk along?” Luke 24 : 17
When he appears to the frightened disciples in Jerusalem a short time later, he asks: “Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your heart?” Luke 24 : 38
Jesus shows himself again to the disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. Again, his begins the conversation with a question: “Have you caught anything, friends?” John 21 : 5
When Jesus asks questions, it is not as if he doesn’t already know the answers. The questions are designed for us to seek the answers – and where else but in the Temple, in our own heart, where Jesus provides “a living faith and a desire for eternal life”.
Dear children! I call you to prayer, to have an encounter with God in prayer. God gives Himself to you, but He wants you to answer in your own freedom to his invitation. That is why little children during the day, find yourself a special time when you could pray in peace and humility, and have this meeting with God the creator. I am with you and I intercede for you in front of God, so watch in vigil, so that every encounter in prayer be the joy of your contact with God. Thank you for having responded to my call. November 25, 1988