Now in this third post of the ten post series on Theological Reflection, we will explore Luke 24: 25-27, which provides this theme: Learning from the Risen Christ. In this text, we will see three things. First, Christ builds relationships between the scriptural text and the experience that the followers have. Second, learning is more than acquiring facts of the story. Moreover, learning is the living wisdom that allows the creative and recreative possibilities of the story. Third, the value of studying the story in community helps us to refine and comprehend the true value of the revealed wisdom.
Christ’s response to the followers is critical to the story: “Oh, how foolish you are and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets declare was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory.” Notice that Christ’s response does not lead to a breakdown of the relationship, but rather in that moment, Christ begins to teach. Christ is taking the Scriptures and the experience of the followers to build a relationship. He reminds the followers about the prophecies about the Messiah and how they became true. He guides them to understanding more about the recent events. He gives them the grounds to develop a vital faith which leads to Christ building a relationship. One can think it is a story that happened a long, long, time ago, even though it might or might not influence his or her life. In this way, we try to limit that which is limitless: God. Christ, however, builds a relationship with us through our hard stories we experience in our lives and the truth found within the scriptures.
To learn about faith is more than just knowledge of the text or comprehension of the doctrines. It is the application into the reality that we live in. Through a creative analysis and synthesis of these ideas, we come to see the living wisdom. This living wisdom is not solely acquired from the certainty of the knowledge we have, but in the creative hope of the unknown which is beyond us can offer. We no longer are solely about the facts of the matter; moreover, we are about the creative and recreative possibilities of the truth that these facts hold. Christ helps the followers to see the living wisdom when he shares the prophecies about the Messiah’s suffering.
Christ is not alone; he is walking and talking with the followers. To learn from the Risen Christ about one’s faith is not about studying the text alone. It is about studying the text in a community, in conversation: with the story itself, with the history of the faith community, and with the experience of the divine. Yes, one can happen upon truths in quiet meditation on text. However, the analysis and synthesis of the community help us comprehend and refine insights to the true value of the revealed wisdom.
In this post, we explored three things. First, Christ builds relationships between the scriptural text and the experience that the followers have. Second, learning is more than acquiring facts of the story, but it is the living wisdom that allows the creative and recreative possibilities of the story. Third, studying a story in community help us to refine insights and comprehend the true value of the revealed wisdom. As we move on to the next posts, we will see how this community helps us live out our faith.
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