“Looking on” phrase points to the visual nature of this passage and of faith. Remember “blessed are those who have seen and heard”. Seeing leads to believing. This is not just a physical seeing, but a spiritual insight; it is a looking deeper.

Luke opens with the “presentation” of Jesus to the disciples. They saw, and what they saw was the whole kergyma, the life of Jesus, and in the context of God’s overarching plan for salvation. What follows this passage is Pentecost, the birth of the Church, and the commission to preach this very kerygma, so that other may “see and believe.”

We are such a visual culture ourselves. We see, perhaps too much on the internet, and this seeing leads to all kinds of problems and falsehoods that we see and believe. Yet believing this kergyma, played out before our very eyes, we don’t believe. We need to se with much more discernment and using the tests given to us by the Holy Spirit, as to what is true or what is fake.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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