How to discover the sacredness of God
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How to discover the sacredness of God

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Dt 30:10-14 / Ps 69 / Col 1:15-20 / Lk 10:25-37

Before we jump into the parable itself, let us focus first on the scholar of the law. He is a man of paradoxes. On one hand he is well versed in the Scriptures and has a profound understanding of them, as he is able to correctly point out the two greatest commandments of the Law. On the other hand, his actions appear to be quite disconnected from his knowledge. The whole discussion with Jesus is just to test the Lord. The scholar is not interested in an honest search for truth. Instead he is interested in proving his point and defeating his adversary. In his adopted stance against Jesus, the scholar becomes a “learned fool” – he knows the answer and yet he does not know what to do with it.

The scholar failed to understand that faith is not just a mere set of ideas or laws to be obeyed, but is first and foremost a relationship with God, from which flows relationship with others. In our relationship with God we uncover truth not as an idea, but as a person – Jesus Christ. Our faith becomes a gift. In our faith we are called to adopt the position of a disciple, not of a scholar. We come to receive a gift, we come to learn about ourselves, about the universe, about God. That requires openness, which only can be achieved through the humility of a disciple.

Humility will also help us to get rid of all the preconceived notions, prejudices, and systems of thought which can cloud our mind, as it was in the case of the priest and the Levite from the parable, and as it was in the case of the scholar.

In this way, free and open to God’s message, we will be able to discover the sacredness of God and the sacredness of the other person. We will discover God in the other person. In this way and only in this way we can truly learn who is our brethren.

How to discover the sacredness of God
Marcin Szymański OP

polski dominikanin, pracuje w Prince of Peace Newman Center na Universytecie Washington, mieszka w klasztorze Najświętszego Sakramentu w Seattle. Życzenia imieninowe przyjmuje 11 listopada....

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