Jesus, Light of the World
Father Marie-Dominique Phillipe, O.P.
All Laws, Scientific and Moral, come from God
Jesus, the Beloved Son of the Father,
tells us that He is the Light of the World.
This is very important for us because all too easily we look on Jesus as the
One Who Teaches us in the
Supernatural Order. This is Normal, for
He is the Son of God. But this creates
Division or 'Separation'. Many Christians today live with that 'Separation'; there are
Scientific Truths on the One Hand and
Truths of the Faith on the Other. As well as
One can, One tries to Relate the Two, forgetting that Scientific
Truths - those that are Truly Scientific - as well as
Philosophical and Psychological
Truths we can acquire, all come from the same God Who also is
Our Father and gave us His Beloved Son.
That God is Love and
Light, is Affirmed Constantly in Holy Scripture; every
Word of God is Light, hence
Jesus, the Beloved Son of God, is the
Word of God, the Fruit of
His Contemplation, the Father's Contemplation.
He is Truth and
Light, and all His Teaching is
Light, Enlightening us not only in our Divine Life, our
Life of Faith of a Disciple of Christ,
but He must Enlighten us concerning
all the Truths that we can Acquire. The
Wisdom which Jesus gives us,
Teaches us Ultimate Truths and has Repercussions on the Whole of Human Life.
Human Ethics, in fact the Whole of Human Life, calls out for the
Inspiration of Jesus.
Jesus gives us the Divine Teaching that we
are Children of God through Grace.
He also gives a very Simple Teaching,
His Practical Teaching:
"There must be Adorers in Spirit and in Truth".
Jesus unceasingly reminds us that He can Conform us to the
Will of the Father. We cannot know the Will of the
Father for us with Absolute Certainty, but we must Want to accomplish
that Will Fully and have no other desire in our lives than the Fulfillment of the
Will of the Father in order to be Fully Docile towards the
Holy Spirit. To accomplish that, we must enter into a Divine
Poverty, i.e. the Spirit of Jesus, a
Wisdom 'Ordering' everything Perfectly.
We should as its First Necessity, clearly understand that
Christian Life demands Adoration and
Contemplation - the Contemplation of children living an
Ever-Present Love in which we are continually being Born, and Living that Divine
Life. It is Jesus Who gives us Complete
Certitude that this is the Essence of Christian Life - to live in
Obedience to God and in the desire of
Fulfilling the Duties of our Vocation in Life. In the work we are called to do, we are Servants, Poor, Docile Servants, for we live above
all to Glorify the Father and
Help our Brothers and Sisters. Our Everyday Work through which we are Servants of
God directly serves our Neighbors, Helping
them to be fully themselves, so as to Satisfy their Need for Love as fully as possible. I
believe that it is very important for you to understand this Teaching that the
Light of the World, Jesus, gives us. The
Truths of Psychology are Good, but
they remain on a purely Human Level. The Truths of Philosophy are not
Harmful - I would be the last to say that, for I have taught Philosophy all my life. Philosophical
Truths are not only Good,
they are Human Wisdom. It is important to recognize that we can discover the Existence of
God by our Intelligence or Philosophical
Reflection. There is a Greatness, an Intellectual Nobility involved in being able to discover
the Existence of God, but our Intelligence
should be Submissive to Faith. By that I mean that it must accept its Intrinsic Limitations,
must accept the fact that it cannot explain everything nor reach all Levels of Meaning. For the Deepest Levels of
Understanding can be attained only through the Inspiration
of a Faith which comes from On High and
Raises us, Raises our Intelligence and Will
to Birth, to Life, on its Level. Being Born
On High means Depending Directly on Jesus
and on the Father.
Scientific Truths are Good, even Prestigious
as we all know. All our marvelous contemporary Scientific Truths such as Biology have resulted
in Enormous Technological Progress. That Technological Progress is fine, can and does help us, and should not be Opposed, but we
should not allow it to Absorb our Attention so much that we no longer see that there is a Thirst for
Contemplation in the Innermost Depths of ourselves, a need for Probing ever deeper into the
Mystery of Jesus, the Light of the