My Dear Sisters and Brothers! The conversation between Jesus and two of his disciples: Thomas and Philip, takes us back to the Upper Room and the Last Supper. Earlier the evangelist John told us that the night fell after Judas left them. The darkness was not only outside the building but they were sensing that something dark was invading. That darkness was to dominate over a few days, as within hours Jesus was to be arrested, then sentenced to death, then crucified and finally laid in the grave of Joseph of Arimathea. We know that they were not expecting a happy ending but as we could hear from the two disciples walking to Emmaus their hope was shattered. Whatever they hoped for was finished, was over. At least according to their judgment as they were prepared to believe only if God stayed within the frames of their own expectations and demands. They didn’t hope for God but they hoped to see their own narrow dreams come true. That’s why they didn’t see light shining at the Last Supper, the light shining on the way of the cross, the light shining from the cross, the light shining from the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. But as St John years later was able to acknowledge while reflecting on the events he witnessed: “All that came to be had life in Jesus, and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower.” Like that woman who was prepared to give up her rights as the mother in order to save the child Jesus gave up his rights as God in order to save us. From the mocked, ridiculed, humiliated, scourged Jesus a divine light was shining. “To have seen me is to have seen the Father” Jesus told Philip. In the following hours and days they failed to recognise it as what became evident to them was mocking, ridiculing, humiliating, scourging. They couldn’t see beyond that. They needed time and the Resurrection to make their own judgment of the Holy Week in a new light. It was their Solomon moment to see in what was done to Jesus God’s loving connection with them. After the Resurrection and the Pentecost that confused community became the Church where they not only treasured Jesus’ words: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” but filled with the Spirit they boldly proclaimed to others: “Jesus is our Way, our Truth and our Life.”
In a couple of weeks the Eastertide 2017 will be over, but still we are to celebrate the Ascension and the Pentecost in order to emerge out of our Resurrection celebrations with dreams and expectations reviewed in the context of the loving connection with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We need this review and even more we need the Christian skills to make such a review which goes beyond our perspective and includes the perspective of eternity. In my life I have met people who originally never thought of living outside their home country. Things changed when they fell in love with a foreigner and their perspective expanded. Not so much because of their curiosity to see the world but because of their love for the person. The love they found moved them outside the familiar shores.
If we are to find peace and heavenly joy in this world it is only when we incorporate in our living faith that is bigger than emergency department or dry philosophical argumentations. Let us pray that like that woman in front of Solomon we can display before the world the loving connection we do have with our Lord and Saviour even if things around us seem to prove the reign of darkness. Confronted with personal, family, community and world darkness we still profess “a light that darkness could not overpower” JESUS CHRIST.