Gospel: Jn 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.”
There are people who find it hard to understand until it is clearly spelled out to them. This becomes even more glaring when the people in question do not share our horizon. Talking with them becomes a heavy task.
Jesus had His share of these kind of encounters. People press Him for a clear articulation of His Person so that their mind would be at ease. They are too lazy to unravel the mystery of who He is. They want to know not for the sake of faith but to have an information that would put them at ease. Thus Jesus pointed to them His works. These are the clearest proofs of who He is but still they could not understand. They do not have the disposition of a follower to grasp the meaning of Jesus‘ work. It is because of this that He will not tell them who He is. It is useless. They will probably ask for more explanations rather than believe.