17 March, 2018: Knowledge


Saturday of theFourth Week of Lent
Reading: Jer. 11. 18-30; Gospel: Jn. 7. 40-53
It has always been difficult for me to understand how the Jewish leaders could refuse to believe in Jesus despite the many signs He performed. The reason becomes clear in today’s Gospel passage. They could not believe Him because of the (professional) knowledge they possessed. Their knowledge brought blocks to their belief.
You would have heard of the proverb: ‘Partial knowledge is dangerous’. But when it comes to God, knowledge in itself could be dangerous. I am saying so because, when you think you know everything that needs to be known, then there is no place for revelation or inspiration. We really need to understand that with God, we really do not know much. The little that we know is also incomplete (1 Cor 13:12). This is exactly what God revealed to St. Faustina: “Who God is in His Essence, no one will fathom, neither the mind of angels nor of man” (Diary, 30). Also God’s ways are different from ours (Is 55:8-9). St. Paul would put it this way: “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom” (1 Cor 1:25). But human beings seldom realize this truth.
In my interactions with people, especially youngsters, I have often listened to two categories of questions: ‘Why did God do this?’ ‘Why did God not do that?’ If you start to explain they would ask for scientific proof. While science and religion are not opposed to each other, we need to understand that science cannot explain or prove everything. Though it may pretend to have all the answers, there are a vast majority of things beyond its purview. Many people want to understand everything in life, including God. It is very unfortunate that we do not realize that the Omniscient, Omnipotent, Infinite, Creator God cannot be understood with the limited brain and intellectual capacity of this creature called human being. Usually my only answer to such questions is Dueteronomy 29:29 (easy to remember). It says that secrets belong to God, while what is revealed is for us and our children to observe the words of the law. When we observe the commandments and sit at the feet of the Lord, He does reveal even the secrets.
Is your knowledge taking you closer to God or taking you away from God?
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