In the gospel, John 16:16-20 Jesus tells his disciples, “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” The disciples look at each other, struggling to understand exactly what Jesus means by this statement.
I can just see Jesus, studying their raised eyebrows, their pursed lips, their silence, reluctant to ask him for an explanation. Jesus says to them, “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices, you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”
Trying to place myself in this setting, I believe I would have reacted similarly to the disciples. As soon as I encounter something I cannot grasp, I immediately begin searching the internet, reading articles, asking questions to the point of annoyance.
Despite having the benefit of age, time and religious education, I assume I might have understood Jesus more than the disciples.
What I admire, though, is the disciple’s acceptance of the bigger picture and a willingness to delay their understanding of the details.
This is what I believe faith is, believing without seeing, hearing without understanding and placing our faith in Jesus.