Today in the Gospel, the Pharisees seeking a sign from Jesus to test Him. Then Jesus sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” (Mark 8:12).
Are you seeking the truth? Have you found it?
Have you watched “The Case for Christ“? This is a movie which was made based on true story. I will not tell the whole story here (it takes time and I still need to do my homework haha), but I suggest you (especially the Christian) to watch it. Let me summarize the story. It is a story of an atheist named Lee Stroble. He is a reporter and he didn’t believe in God. Then there’s an event where his daughter was almost died in a restaurant when they had a dinner. However, a Christian nurse who was coincidentally there, helped Lee’s daughter so that she survived. When Lee saw that event just as a coincidence, his wife (who was an atheist too), started to seek The One who made the coincidence happened.
Shortly, Lee was struggling seeking facts to prove that the story of Jesus Christ is just exaggerated. He thought that everything should be able to explain with science. When he desperately seek the proof to convince his wife, one of his colleagues said to him that it seems he had made his conclusion just before he did the search. His early conclusion has blinded him to see the fact clearly, which was in contrary with his job as a reporter. In the end, Lee ended surrender to the fact that the story of Christ is real. Lee then believed that Christ is indeed the Son of God.
Well, why do I share this story? It is important to realize that what the Pharisees did was just similar to what Lee Stroble had done. The Pharisees didn’t believe in Jesus since the beginning. They confronted everything Jesus did. Every act of Jesus just judged wrong. Even if what Jesus said and did were actually good, the Pharisees still judged Him wrong.
I also had this kind of experience (as a Pharisees) many times. When I had someone whom I hate so much, I cannot see any kindness from him/her. Although other people would say that the person is a nice man/woman, I won’t be agree with them. But after my hatred has gone, I started to see nice things from that person.
What do we seek? Why do we seek? Do we seek only to prove our own judgement? Do we seek the ‘truth’ but we don’t want to see the truth itself, if it’s not like what we expected?
Today’s first reading from James 1:1-11 reminded us about asking wisdom to God. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5). If we cannot see the truth clearly because we lack of wisdom, let us ask it from God.
No one is perfect. No one has a perfect wisdom to know the whole truth of this universe. People seek the truth. They went to church, reading the bible, meditating, and do any other things to seek the truth. I don’t know if any of you have found the truth within this life, but I just want us to look deeper. Have we seen clearly when we seek, or have we been blinded with our own prejudice from the start?
Truth will come for those who seek with a pure heart.
May God equipped us with a pure heart, a clear mind so that we are able to see the truth while we seeking it. Let God take away anything that may blind us during our truth seeking journey.
God bless you 😊