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A Friend I Can Know

by Fr. David M. Knight

View readings for Wednesday, December 27, 2023, the Feast of St John, Apostle and Evangelist:

Lectionary no. 697 (1John 1:1-4 Psalm 97; John 20:1-8)

You do know him and have seen him. John 14:7


John wrote, “What we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you” (1John 1:3) Have I actually “seen and heard” Jesus Christ? Can I tell others about him?


We mustn’t underestimate the gift of faith. It isn’t just believing. It is seeing. Faith is the gift of knowing Jesus Christ.


It isn’t just intellectual knowledge. This is mystical knowledge—the truest, most certain knowledge there is. It is a sharing in God’s own knowledge of himself. Faith is seeing by the divine light of God. It is an ongoing mystical experience.


To be experience, it must be conscious. To be conscious, it must be a human act. So we have to “translate” light into enlightenment, the one “Word of God” into multiple human words. This involves reflecting on the Word and words of God. Meditation. Prayer.


Prayer is a process through which divine knowledge becomes human knowledge. The mystical becomes an experience. Then we not only know, we know that we know.


Jesus is the friend who shares himself with us more deeply than any human can. The “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” is the gift of sharing in Jesus’s own acts of being, knowing, and loving. It is a divine and human experience.


That is Christianity.


If we spend time interacting with Jesus, he will reveal his true self to us.


ACTION: Don’t just believe. Think. Reflect on God’s words.


PRAYER: “Lord, be with me. Let me be with you.”

Reflections brought to you by the Immersed in Christ Ministry

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