Deacon Lincoln’s Log 7-14-13
Faith does not merely gaze at Jesus, but sees things as Jesus himself sees them, with his own eyes: it is a participation in his way of seeing.
Pope Francis Lumen Fidei – Light of the Faith (18)
Jesus is the best teacher who ever lived and today’s Gospel shows why. He is approached by a scholar of the law who wishes to “test” him. This scholar knows the right answers, but he can’t see their meaning. His own knowledge gets in the way.
So Jesus engages in His most effective form of teaching, the parable. This familiar parable of the Good Samaritan invites the scholar to open his eyes and see the world differently. It invites him to see the needs of those around him. Jesus doesn’t teach him a new piece of information, but a new way of seeing. He turns the man’s eyes from knowledge to compassion. He invites the scholar to see the world as Jesus sees it.
In Pope Francis new encyclical on faith, he reminds us that faith is an invitation to see things as Jesus sees them. If we are open to their power, Jesus’ parables help us to see more deeply. Faith is not primarily about information, but about transformation.
Far from divorcing us from reality, our faith in the Son of God made man in Jesus of Nazareth enables us to grasp reality’s deepest meaning and to see how much God loves this world and is constantly guiding it towards himself. This leads us, as Christians, to live our lives in this world with ever greater commitment and intensity. (LF 18 emphasis added)
When we see the world as Jesus sees it we live our lives with commitment and intensity. We know we must act with compassion and justice. Faith demands it.
Lincoln A. Wood