Friday, July 5, 2013

Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei", to be published 5 July

The first paragraph grabs me with the reference to Jesus being the light of the world. To be expected I suppose. However the mention of the Pagan worship "the cult of the sun god, Sol Invictus," (Lumen Fidei 2013). The reference to the cult of sun worshiping reminds me of a conversation I had with my good friend Joe, God rest his soul. We were sitting outside discussing this same topic and were talking about the Son and since we were enjoying a few cold beers on a hot day we made the comparison with the sun and son and the light that illuminates. The differences between the physical and spiritual. 

Nietzsche is mentioned again in theology as an example of how easy it is even for a well educated person to lose the way and drift into darkness. The fleeting easy alternatives become an option that is more easily at tenable. the light of faith can indeed bring salvation to the suffering of humanity encompassing all of as as Pope Francis says it is "illuminating every aspect of human existence."

The light that comes from God is supernatural and is needed to brighten our journey in this difficult time in human history. We are facing numerous challenges on different fronts and disperetly need the light of God. Hope is what comes from faith and Pope Francis uses the analogy of Mother being this light and Jesus being Father....
to be continued..