Human Knowledge Of Jesus

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The human knowledge of Jesus, thinking that he had to learn to walk and talk just like you and me. To think the word made flesh had to be potty trained just seems weird but understandable if God has come to experience the human condition. What jumped out at me in this chapter was the reference to Jesus living by sight not by faith and that it was held as Catholic theological tradition by Aquinas and others. “In his human mind Jesus enjoyed the beatific vision and hence lived by sight, not by faith” (266). This statement to me makes Jesus less relatable as suffering servant and more like God going through the motions to placate the needs of us humans. Fr. O’Collins goes on to state a classic thesis by Aquinas, not having really studied Aquinas …show more content…
I have always thought Jesus was sent for any and all of us, what was puzzling to me was our change in the Eucharistic prayer from all to many, till I realized it was the correct use of scripture. What stood out to me was the tie in between Sirach and John on Wisdom. In Sirach Wisdom is shown as having a mission for Jerusalem and she has a great banquet inviting all who desire her. “Come to me, you who desire me, and eat your fill of my fruits. For the memory of me is sweeter than honey and the possession of me sweeter than the honeycomb” (319). We hear in the Book of Revelation of the wedding feast of the lamb and in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus talks of the wedding feast in three different parables. Sirach goes on to say “those who eat of me will hunger for more and those who drink of me will thirst for more” (319). Wisdom in its earthly, human form is seen as something that no matter how much you take in you will always want more. In the Gospel of John 6: 35 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (NABRE). The parallel between Sirach and the Gospel of John is that Jesus is the fulfillment of Wisdom in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist we receive all that is needed to satisfy our eternal hunger and thirst for God, it helps strengthen our soul for the journey till we are able to rest in eternity with God. The use of wisdom to depict Jesus also helps to explain him to those who have not heard of Jesus. We saw this in Acts where Paul talks to the Greeks about the altar they have to the unknown God. Wisdom is active outside of just the Jewish and Christian writings, wisdom is apparent to those who do not know God through other writings. Paul tells the Greeks that he knows who the unknown God is and that he is the one and only God. This interests the high thinking Greeks and gives

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