“Who is this man?” This question has been asked during Jesus’ life on earth and is asked by many until today. Pope Francis in his September 26, 2013, homily pointed out that in order to know Jesus, we must speak and practice three languages: the languages of the mind, the heart, and the language of action. He explains each of these three steps and challenges each of us to make our choice for Jesus in this article.
“Who is this man?” This question has been asked during Jesus’ life on earth and is asked by many until today. Pope Francis in his September 26, 2013, homily pointed out that in order to know Jesus, we must speak and practice three languages: the languages of the mind, the heart, and the language of action. He further emphasized that these languages are necessary for every Christian in building their relationship with Jesus, Son of Man and Son of God.
How can we really come to know and have a personal relationship with Jesus? “You cannot know Jesus without having problems. You cannot know Jesus in first class! One gets to know Jesus in going out into every day life. You cannot get to know Jesus in peace and quiet, nor even in the library,” said the Holy Father. “Jesus is known through the daily paths walked every day.”
Drawing attention to the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an exceptionally good resource for knowing our faith, the Pontiff urged all faithful to read it, study it and digest its profound teachings. In this way we can better understand “the beauty of the history of salvation, of the love of the Father,” he said. However, he stressed that although resources such as the Catechism are needed and are important, this is only the first step, or the first language, that of properly educating the mind, to know Jesus.
The second step is “to get to know Jesus in dialogue with Him. If you do not pray, if you do not talk with Jesus, you do not know Him. You know things about Jesus, but you do not Jesus with the heart, in prayer, in dialogue with Him.”
Pope Francis went on to say that if one studies the Catechism and prays frequently it is still not sufficient, and that if one truly desires to know Jesus “it is by following Him” that such intimacy with Him will happen. It is necessary “to go, to walk along the streets, to journey with Jesus. It is necessary to know Jesus in the language of action.” He continued, “One cannot know Jesus without getting oneself involved with Him, without betting your life on Him.”
“When so many people, including us, ask this question: ‘Who is this?’, the Word of God says, You want to know who he is? Read what the Church tells you about Him, talk to Him in prayer, and walk on the path with Him. Thus, you may know who this man is,” Pope Francis concluded. “This is the way! Everyone must make his choice.”
–Zenit.org, September 26, 2013, “Pope Francis: Jesus Cannot Be Known in ‘First Class’ by Junno Arocho Esteves.
–CNA/EWTN News, www.catholicnewsagency.com. Rome, Italy, September 26, 2013, “Know Jesus,” Pope urges during daily homily”