Reading 1: Wisdom 2:1,12-22; Gospel: John 7:1-2,10,25-30
You do not know him, but I know him because I have come from him!
A man who became suddenly rich by luck in the stock market, was keen on proving to friends his noble ancestry. He hired a private detective to dig into his family roots with a fat fee of $ 5,000. When the detective came back with the results, the man had to pay him a whopping $ 50,000 just to make him destroy the results! His ancestry was better hidden than revealed! But made the mad more realistic in the way he saw himself.
To know one’s origin is of vital importance. There are people, even groups, who spend an entire life-time searching for their origins, after having lost it due to war, human trafficking or migration. ‘Roots’ is the title of Alex Haley’s fantastic novel and TV-serial in the late seventies. It is the story of Kunta Kinte, the son of a Gambian warrior, captured and sold as slave in America. He never stops until he traces back his origin, to find his dignity again!
Our identity is bound up with our origin. It shapes our culture, character and beliefs. It gives us the authority to speak on behalf of that origin. “You do not know him, but I know him,” repeats Jesus constantly. Above all it gives us a roadmap for our travel back home, where we truly belong, our joyful resting place!
‘Original sin’ can be defined as humanity’s forgetfulness of its origin, of its Father. Adam and Eve simply forgot their noble origin, their blue blood, the garden of Eden, their home, and went out into the desert, in search of pleasurable mirages. Not knowing where we come from we wander hither and thither, dissipating ourselves in thousand dangerous ways. Our lives would truly become an adventurous journey back home, if only we could discover and become aware of who our Father is!