Lent 3: Faith and our Goal

The Christian faith is not a pastime, nor an optional extra, and the Church is not one club among many others. Rather, the faith actually responds to some of the basic philosophical questions of humanity – questions of our origins and our goals: What can I know? What may I hope for? What am I? In other words, faith has to do with truth, and as our Lord said, ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’ (John 8:32). The Christian faith prepares us for the possibility of growing in the knowledge of integral truth and therefore, freedom.
So, what is the first item of faith – rather like the first letter of the alphabet, ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word became flesh’ (John 1:1, 14).
These short statements, and its wider context of the Last Gospel that we read at every Mass, reveals the basics. However, Christians have a distinct advantage, for truth is not some form of philosophy – but a Person, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’ (John 14:6). This is why simple fishermen of Galilee became the greatest of teachers – they met Truth. So, a university education is not needed because it is about praying, listening and contemplation and in this way faith seeks the truth, and as St Pauls states we acquire the mind of Christ, ‘For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 2:16). Once we grasp the truth of ‘In the beginning was the Word…’ we become theologians without ever attending a theological college. There is another reason for this, for ‘Word’ in Greek is ‘Logos’, from which we derive our word logical. Once we step into our relationship Christ the Word/Logos we discover that faith is logical, that it is reasonable, and we experience the answers to those questions,
What can I know? What may I hope for? What am I?