A Third Look at Jesus

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(Seminar on a Third Look at Jesus)

The seminar last February 12, 2011 tackled about “A Third Look at Jesus” which was discussed to us by Mr. Jimmy Cabag, an elementary public-school teacher in Escalante Central Elementary School, at the same time a servant in the Catholic Institution here in the city. The discussant told us that we need a third look. As we tread our spiritual path, it is imperative that we keep step with Jesus or rather we strive to heighten our bond with Him. Therefore, we fix our gaze on Jesus in our spiritual retreats and other religious activities. However, it is not enough to keep going back to the same Jesus time after time, simply taking a second look at Jesus. We need a third look. There are at least three ways of fixing our gaze on Jesus. The first look is how Jesus looks at Himself; the second look is how the Western theology has looked at Jesus; lastly, the third look that is how the poor look at Jesus. He also added some further information about the Three Looks. He explained that: the First Look at Jesus was the way Jesus understood himself, his own life and his own work. It was the look at Jesus through Jesus’ own eyes. Moreover, many of the first generation Christians, not yet influenced by at later Western outlook, also possessed the First Look at Jesus. The Second Look at Jesus was the way Greco-Roman and Western eyes later regarded Jesus, his life and his work. This Second Look lasted approximately 50 C.E. 1 to the 1960s. A very long segment of Church history. And even today, as we enter the third millennium, the Second Look is still the way many Filipino Christians see Jesus. It is the view which early missionaries from Europe and North America, with much good will, taught us. We in turn pass it on to our children, parishioners, students, retreatants. Lastly, the Third Look, which Mr. Jimmy expounded deeply. Ang Ikatulong Pagsud-ong: Pinaagi sa mga Mata sa mga Kabus. The Third Look is the view of the Third World peoples. It is a look at Jesus, his life and his work—by and through the eyes of the poor peoples of the Third World. It is the look at Jesus by the poor and oppressed, the awakened, struggling and selfless poor, who want to create a just, humane and sustainable world. It is also the view of people who themselves are not poor but are in genuine solidarity with the poor. Ang Una ug Ikatulong Pagsud-ong Ig-agaw. The Third Look is very similar to the First. The third look Jesus says He wants to see us freed from hunger. This is the way Jesus sees himself. The Jesus who wants to feed rather than the Jesus who wants to inflict pain is the First Look Jesus. The First and Third Looks are first cousins. The Second Look is a distant relative. Si Hesus ug ang mga Kabus Nag-ambit og Susamang Panglantaw. Jesus and the poor stand on the same ground and view life from a similar vantage point. Langit o Bag-ong Yuta? Here are the questions that concern us: “Where are we finally going? What is our ultimate destiny?” The Second Look would answer, “Heaven.” Third and first looks would say, “New heaven and new earth.” There is a difference between the two goals. The second look wants souls to go to heaven above. The third and first looks invite people to journey toward a new world on earth. Pag-ambitanay uban sa Simbahan sa Pilipinas. The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) is a cause for celebration in Philippine Church history. The First and Third Looks are echoed in PCP II. None of the desiccated Jesus, abstracted from real life, preserved in immobile theological formulas, but rather a Jesus that has life and motion and story. PCP II was more interested in telling Jesus’ story than drafting formulas and definitions about Jesus and his nature. Pakigsandurot sa mga Kabus. We need to see Jesus through the eyes of the poor in struggle. Without living contact with the poor, knowing Jesus is a most difficult task, even for people who have given much thought and study to...
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