“Jesus saw that he answered with
I’d like to
recommend this set of books on the 4 Gospels called “Catena Aurea” and is
published by Baronius Press. If you are
going to buy it, don’t buy it from Amazon, go to baroniuspress.com
The Pope at
the time asked St. Thomas Aquinas to take each VERSE of the Gospels, and
include the most relevant writings of the early Church Fathers on that verse,
and so we see St. Thomas Aquinas pulling together quotes from St. Augustine,
St. John Chrysostom, Venerable Beed and many others.
preparation for the homily a couple of weeks ago, a lined jumped out at me that
I did not end up preaching on. The line
was Jesus asking a man “why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” Which is a
line from Jesus that has always puzzled me.
Jesus seem to suggest He is not God?
And so I was
reading in the Catena Aurea and St. Augustine had a marvelous answer. He said Jesus did not identify himself as God
to this particular person because that particular person would not have been
able to process it.
today’s Gospel, we have a different person asking questions, and our Gospel
says that Jesus SAW that the man answered with understanding.
persons, one is known to be early on the path, the other person further along
the path, but again the important thing is that Jesus is able to perfectly read
souls because He is God. Nothing is
hidden from God.
think there is a part of us that we try to hide from God…maybe we also try to
hide it from ourselves. But although we
may be able to fool ourselves, there is no fooling Jesus. When Jesus first encountered the Apostle
Nathanael, Jesus “here is a man with no duplicity.”
say the same thing to us when, at the final judgment, we come face to face with
the Lord. Like the man in today’s Gospel
may it be said of us that we are not far from the Kingdom of God