Pastor’s Desk

Sunday 10th November 2019

The scribes, the priests, the Sadducees and the Pharisees were all raised in a culture that viewed questions as the path to mystical truth. Ironically, they may have had the most to gain from Jesus –– Truth Incarnate –– precisely because they had so many encounters with Him, perhaps more than all the other groups mentioned in the Gospel combined! Sad to say, it appears that they consistently asked the wrong questions: short-sighted questions, self-serving questions, disingenuous or insincere questions, all with a pre-determined answer in mind.

When asked why he prayed every day, Elie Wiesel (Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Prize-winner) responded: “I pray to the God within me that God will give me the strength to ask the right questions.” How often in our daily lives with Jesus and with one another do we ask for, desire or even demand answers? How much energy do we invest in wanting to know the bottom line? Yet, for all our efforts, are we any closer to knowing the things that really matter, the concerns of earth that lead to the things of heaven? Why does our understanding of Jesus’ will for us, desire for us, longing and love for us sometimes seem so elusive?

Could it be that we, too, are failing to ask the right questions?