If everything we need to know about life and about God has been said and done in You, why do we need to go any further than the four evangelists of the New Testament who recount all of this for us? Actually we don’t; for that is most certainly the foundation of life as we are to live it. What we seek in reading the saints and spiritual writers is magnification, illumination, and personalization of what You’ve already given us.
If God has spoken to us unequivocally in You and if I accept this, I am consequently compelled to accept the true nature of man in You. Therefore everything in my earthly life and in the earthly lives of others becomes relevant or irrelevant in correlation with the realization of this.
The preaching and teaching part of Your life is our liturgy of the word, and Your death is our Eucharist. The guidelines for fulfilling our destiny are all right there – in You! But we must do more than look. We must endeavor to see. Looking at “historical Jesus” is less valuable than seeing Jesus in my daily world here and now. It’s so easy to take the gospels as history and dismiss the timeless messages they contain. We have a penchant for glomming on to whatever is “the latest.” I think that’s why we so often look to spiritual writers.
Two-thousand years since Your life makes You an ancient character and, therefore, more easily dismissed by time. But time is the jar in which we all live and move and have our being. Past, present, and future are all contained inside. This gives a mystic oneness to all life – a unity of containment. Only the narrowness of our own perception excludes or dismisses the relevance of all things with which we are mutually contained. And again, it’s more than just looking at someone or something – it’s seeing it!
Therefore, what we know from You in the gospels is as much a part of our present and future as it is of our past. In this sense all time melts into one present, and everything that melts in is relevant. It is apparent to me that this is Your intention for us.