[Jesus said to his disciples,] 21“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” 22Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
25“I have told you this while I am with you. 26The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you.”
Master, what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world? The apostles’ questions to Jesus are always funny. They seem to be out of sync with the words of Jesus. Jesus is speaking of so deeply spiritual things, of love, and of his Father, and their questions are so worldly and so selfish.
In life, sometimes it is not about finding always the right answers. Sometimes there simply are no answers to all our questions. At times it is about asking the right questions.
I love this advice of Rainer Maria Rilke to a young poet: “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer” (as translated by Stephen Mitchell).
Do ask any question whatsoever today.