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May 10, 2022

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DG BookGospel: John 10:22-30
The time came for the feast of the Dedication. It was winter, and Jesus walked back and forth in the portico of
Solomon. The Jews then gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in doubt? If you are the
Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have already told you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s

name proclaim who I am, but you don’t believe because, as I said, you are not my sheep. My sheep hear my voice and I know them; they follow
me and I give them eternal life. They shall never perish, and no one will ever steal them from me. What my Father has given me, is greater
than all things else. To snatch it out of the Father’s hand, no one is able! I and the Father are one.”

 

Reflection:

 

Alfred Lord Tennyson famously wrote: “There lives
more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the
creeds.” The catch is in the honesty of one’s doubt. Like the
doubt of Nathanael who told Philip: “Can anything good come
out of Nazareth?” (Jn 1: 46). The honesty of that doubt impelled
him to go and see. He went and saw, and believed. A doubt with
an openness to seek. Unlike the doubt of the many Jews who
came to Jesus, who were too lazy to seek and simply wanted
Jesus to tell them comfortable truths that would not upset their
applecart. The irony is, Jesus had already told them many times;
but they did not want to believe it, because his truth wasn’t a
convenient one for them. Let’s ask ourselves: How convenient
is my creed? How honest is my doubt?

 

 

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