Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio, Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, Thursday 30 January 2020
Gospel: Mark 4:21-25
The Word of God, Jesus Christ, is the lamp which should be lit in the darkness of the night. If it remains hidden in the closed book of the bible. When it is united to the life in community, there it is placed on the table and it gives light!
Jesus asks the disciples to become aware of the preconceptions with which they listen to the teaching He offers. We should be attentive to the ideas which we have when we look at Jesus Christ! If the idea with which we look at Jesus is mistaken, everything which I think about our Redeemer will be subject to error. If I think that the Messiah has to be a glorious king, I will understand nothing of what the Savior teaches.
Our Lord had an enormous capacity to find very simple images to compare the things of God with the things of the life. This presupposes two things: to be inside, involved in the things of life, and to be inside, involved in the things of the Kingdom of God.
Thus, Jesus Christ’s teaching was different from the teaching of the scribes. Because Jesus is the face of God, in which the true children of God, the little children of God, could recognize themselves and rejoice. “I bless You, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased You to do!”.