Sunday 21 March 2021

We want to see Jesus


Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus

From JOHN 12:20-33


Recently, I watched the movie, ‘The Theory of Everything’ about Stephen Hawking brilliantly portrayed by Eddie Redmayne. Hawkins had an amazing, enquiring, brilliant mind and is, perhaps, one of the most influential scientific figures in modern times, who has contributed so much to our knowledge of the universe, although his own personal belief meant that God had no place within his framework of thought. Human being are, by nature, enquiring and inquisitive creatures who ask questions, seek to learn and understand things.

In the gospel today, there are some Greeks who want to see Jesus. We don’t know anything about this small group of people, apart from the fact that they have gone to Jerusalem to worship at the festival and that they have an enquiring mind. We can only imagine what questions they may have had, or why they wanted to see Jesus in the first place. Perhaps, in the great Greek tradition, they were philosophers, great thinkers. Maybe they just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Whoever and whatever they were, their request is clear: they want to see Jesus.

We don’t even know if they got to see Jesus, for the gospel narrative shows Jesus responding to the request by him talking about his death to come. The Greeks have come so close to Jesus, but Jesus says that when he is lifted up on the cross he will draw all people to himself. Perhaps they were in earshot of his words, and heard this profound prophesy. There are many people who have questions about Jesus, about the church, the Christian faith, the meaning of life and death. There are many people who long to see Jesus’ life present in his believers. Let’s not disappoint them!


God our Father, help us to reveal Jesus to others by our words and actions and the way we live . Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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