Sermons from Holy Week – Tuesday 11th April “Healing and Curiosity”
Some Greeks come to see Jesus. In many respects, the Church today, both worldwide and local, should be the modern equivalent of Phillip and Andrew.
Although part of the legacy of Christendom, and to be fair many other things as well, is that in the eyes of society, the church is seen more as part of the problem rather than the solution, there is nevertheless, still a thirst amongst society for a deeper understanding of what life is all about. There is a search for meaning.
As we become more confident in proclaiming our faith in the community there will be neighbours, or people we meet in the street, or who may come through the door, all with a single question on their mind, ‘we wish to see Jesus’. This curiosity is usually not vocalised, but is always there.
When the Greeks come with the request, it is for John, a moment of great significance, a defining moment in the mission of God. Whenever we read in the gospels the voice of God being heard, it should be a clue that something momentous is happening.
Like the Greeks, people still approach today with the same sense of curiosity. It is for God a significant and defining moment. If we are to participate in the mission of God, then it should be for us too. Our role is to hold them in prayer as they seek an encounter with the risen Jesus.
Yet curiosity is an essential attribute of all who seek the healing power of God in their lives. Curiosity is a lifelong process of learning; a vital and healing part of our journey of faith.
Curiosity is a state of interest; a genuine wanting to know and understand more. Curiosity is a great attribute because it enables us to seek out and embrace the unfamiliar. It is the motivational force driving us to discover new experiences; it is the seed of wonder. Curiosity primes the brain for learning and fuels the willingness to learn.
Curiosity adds a quality to relationships too, beyond the adequate nodding acquaintance. The more curious we are of each other, the more we learn of each other. The more curious we are about God, the deeper the connection we will develop. The greater our curiosity the better the chance of finding meaning and the deep healing which flows from a closer communion with God.
It is perhaps the curiosity of the Greeks, this motivation to know more, which heralds the defining moment and prompts the response from Jesus.
Jesus takes our curiosity and moulds it into a healing and life transforming process of learning to live a new kind of living. Within this process, Jesus is no longer seen as an object of curiosity but a signpost of self-surrender in love and service to others. We are reconciled to God in one body through the Cross. By his stripes we are healed.
John’s gospel makes the point that we cannot see Jesus unless we are willing to give up what the world stands for with a healthy curiosity for what Jesus stands for; to replace what our life in this world means to us with a curiosity for the Kingdom of God. Do not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Amen