Saturday: 13th April, 2019
Reference text: John 11:45-57
John 11:45, 46 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
Anyone who has watched a news bulletin on television is likely to have heard something along the lines of ‘this is Veritas, reporting for GospelTv’. The verb making all the difference is ‘report’, which is defined as ‘to give a spoken or written acoount of what one has observed, heard, done or investigated’.
In the Gospel text today, one other verb sticks out: ‘believe’. Therefore, we encounter two groups of people and their reaction after seeing what Jesus had done: one set believed and the other went to give an account to the Pharisees. Given the charge of Jesus to go out to all nations preaching the Good News, it seemed the latter were doing a better job. So I ask which group do we fall into? ‘the believers’ or the ‘reporters’?
Interestingly, we are called to be more than reporters because a reporter does not have to believe what they report. Their main role is to transmit what they have seen or heard whether they believe it or not. A believer can also only choose to believe what they have seen and heard. They are under no obligation to share what they believe because they choose to believe of their own accord. Therefore, if we can neither be believers alone nor just reporters, what should we be?
‘…you shall be my WITNESSES(Acts 1:8), therein lies our answer. It sounded a bit off topic until it dawned on me that ‘ true witnesses are those who have a clear conviction that what they have seen or heard is the truth, and are confident to tell others about it’. That my dear, is what we are invited to be: not just believers, but witnesses because it is a sure way to keep the flame alive within and to affect others with the same fire. So if you have been a reporter or just a believer, today is the day you resolve to become a true witness.