When the disciples inquire and Jesus their master replies to them, it’s as if we too are learning with them when we hear or read the holy Gospel. ... Let us with them be inquiring disciples, and let us also listen to our common master ... so that it’s not only they who then heard him speak but we, too, who can learn this from his Gospel. (In Ioannem Tr. 76, 1, 2; PL 35, 1831)
Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.