Good teachers make their students think. One of the ways that happens is much like what occurs in today’s gospel. They do not answer questions, or perhaps more accurately, they answer a question by posing another question. Such is the case in today’s gospel. The apostles are told something they simply do not understand. The disciples will see Jesus, then not see him, but in a little while they will see him again. And they are confused.
It is important that Jesus is preparing the disciples for events that are to come. But they are having a difficult time understanding the cryptic language that Jesus uses. So why does he do this? And why does any good teacher do this?