Sunday, April 14, 2013
Contemplating the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
However, when praying the rosary the other day, it came to me that there is an element of this mystery that I have been missing the whole time - that of the young Jesus in the temple amongst the wise men. The Scriptures say that Jesus sat "among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers." (Luke 2:46-47)
I often say that "theology is simply philosophy with answers", and here I see this in action. The very Word, the Son of God Himself sits among the wise men with the answer, which is Himself. They are astounded by His questions and His answers, and their own wisdom becomes minute, nothing in the face of Wisdom itself, "the Wisdom, in, by and through whom all are wise who are wise"1.
I see in this mystery that Christ Himself is the answer, the fount of all knowledge, Wisdom itself, the final goal of which is knowledge and contemplation of God, the Holy Trinity without beginning or en, where we "contemplate Him in His Essence and most perfect Being"2. "How great is that light from which shines out every truth that lightens the reasoning mind!"3
We see, when contemplating this mystery, that "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Cor. 3:19). All of the wisdom of these men in the temple was answered and fulfilled by Christ who sat their discoursing amongst them. Every question that was brought forth was answered.
So it is that we must, if we wish to know the truth of all things, sit at the feet of the divine Master, He Who is Wisdom, Love, and Truth itself.
1 - St. Augustine, The Soliloquies, I:3
2 - St. Alonso de Orozco, Mount of Contemplation, XII
3 - St. Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion, XIV