This world and the next
is full of mystery.
The richness of deep theological understanding
confronts the poor, uneducated woman
who, once healed, simply says,
“I will never forget what he did for me.”
A thoughtful, well-balanced understanding of the Bible
using every tool to understand the historical context
confronts one who reads every word literally
as if fallen from the mouth of God.
We think we know
our hearts grow bold
with lusty enthusiasm
of our knowledge:
We are satiated in our presumptions.
But how to answer the simple questions
when we are too busy with the complex?
It is hard to know
if we see clearly
Do we have wisdom to know the difference?
The mystery of this world
is to see Jesus in the face of the poor and the sick
the dirty and the beggar.
that picture seems dim.
What am I looking for in those faces?
But at the academic conferences
when I am overtaken by the fever of new knowledge
and bright bursts of insights explode in my being,
I feel I can see so clearly.
But therein lies the mystery—
what if the dim is actually clear
and the clear is actually dim?
Our own knowledge must grasp
the hand of the humble beggar
as if our life depended on it
or it will lead us down a path
in complete blindness.
“Blessed are those who can see the radiance of the glory of God in the patient participation in the sufferings of humanity; in the poverty of the poor of this world, in the weakness of the weak, in the thirst for justice; in partaking freely in the pain and the sufferings of others with genuine selfless love.” Archbishop Anastasios