Posted by: livingscripture | March 22, 2010

Fifth Monday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 You know neither me nor my Father.  If you knew me, you would know my Father also.                                                                    John 8: 19

 How should we live this Word

 Perhaps we feel we are quite ‘in place’ about knowing God, even though there may be many things in our life that need improvement.  However, this is the same conviction the Pharisees held as they conversed with Jesus.

 Looking beyond the negative connotations of the word Pharisee held today, we must remember that they were experts in the knowledge of God’s Word and they sought to observe it scrupulously.  Paul himself attests to this when he says he was brought up in the most rigid observance of the Law.  And yet, Jesus tells them, “You know neither me nor my Father,”

 For God to diffuse the darkness of our vision, we must first admit that our knowledge of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is uncertain and confused like the babbling of a child.  This is why Jesus tells us “I am the light of the world” , giving joy to our heart at the possibility of a knowledge that is not reduced to a sterile intellectual elaboration but that rises from a relationship, a lived experience not always capable of explanation but surely more real.  When we find it difficult to find words adequate to express who others are and who I am, it means we are nearer to an authentic knowledge of the person.  If this is true for human beings, how much truer it is concerning God!

 The aim of our spiritual journey is to allow the light of Christ to reach us and guide us to an experiential knowledge of God in the humble awareness that it will never be total in this life nor in eternity.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will silence my thoughts in their legitimate and praiseworthy intent to analyze God’s Word.  Rather, I will let myself be struck by Christ’s light.

Jesus, when I ask You to show me the Father, You tell me to fix my gaze on You.  Help me to keep it there, even in the midst of frenetic activity.  Grant that my heart may be a tranquil corner, inundated by Your light, where I can remain without interruption, as I repeat, “You are the light of the world”.

 The voice of St. Gregory of Nyssa, Church Doctor

 God’s nature in itself, in its very substance, goes beyond any representation.  No one can in any way make it familiar since it escapes any attempt at formulation.  Those who have purified their heart can contemplate the image of the divine nature in their very soul.


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