The Key of Knowledge

If you don’t have time to read John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio, or St. Cyril of Alexandria’s Sermon LXXXVI on Luke, I present you with this homily instead…

The Lord Jesus condemned the scribes for taking away “the key of knowledge” from the people.

Does a key unlock knowledge?

Credo ut intellegam. I believe in order to know.

Faith unlocks the door of knowledge. I do not know, but God does. If I acknowledge Him and seek His friendship, I enter into the light of intelligence by which all is known.

Next to the knowledge that God has revealed to us about Himself, the most important knowledge is moral knowledge. To know how to act well opens up all other avenues of experience.

Faith is the key to moral knowledge. We believe what God has taught us about ourselves and our role in the universe. We believe that God’s truth will guide us in doing right, if we humbly listen to Him and obey.

We proceed with faith not just in God Himself, but also with faith in the ability of man to be reasonable, to co-operate with truth and justice. We believe we human beings can work together not just to achieve useful things, but genuinely good things.

For someone who believes in God, in Christ, in heaven, in the Holy Spirit and the Church—for someone who believes the Nicene Creed—the world unfolds in both an immeasurably bigger, more interesting way and in a friendlier, more inviting, more enchanting way.

The world is, in fact, big, interesting, friendly, inviting, and enchanting—even though sin and evil burden it. Faith opens us up to all this, allowing us to perceive things as they are.

The small-minded world lacks the key of knowledge. The small-minded world thinks that knowing debunks believing, that knowledge means casting faith aside.

Yes, we will let faith fall aside, when, please God, we get to heaven, and we see it all. In the meantime, though, faith unlocks knowledge, like a key.

Retiring These…New Bests Above

Best Movie Villain Ever: Darth Vader

Best Chewing Gum:
Wrigley Doublemint

Best Single-Malt Scotch: Lagavulin

Best Plate of Pasta: Spagetti Carbonara

Best Skyscraper: Chrysler Building

Best Pet: None

Best Neil Diamond Song: Sweet Caroline

Best Comic Relief in the History of Theater: When Constable Elbow and Froth enter Angelo’s court in Act II, Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

Best John Paul II Encyclical:
Fides et Ratio

second best: Evangelium Vitae

third best: Veritatis Splendor

fourth best: Redemptor Hominis