Year I Friday
Colossians 1:15-20 Reflection:
In today’s first reading we have one of the earliest Christology’s of the church. A Christology is a definition of the person of Jesus in relation to the Father and the place of Jesus in the Trinity.
After the initial conversion of the people of Colossae, some new ideas and teaching have begun to spread among the people. These teachings are not correct and owe more to Greek philosophy than to the Christian understanding of Jesus. Thus Paul writes this description of who Jesus is.
“Jesus is the image of the unseen God.”
This opening line of Paul is the beginning of a fundamental understanding of Jesus that is still perfectly valid today. Jesus as God has been preached down the ages from priest to people for almost 2000 years.
This is the passing on of our faith and this retelling of the story in the liturgical setting (The Mass) ensures that we hold on to the memory of Jesus. The fact that he is really present in the Mass and that the Holy Spirit stops us from straying is the active part that God plays in the keeping alive of the memory of Jesus.
Through the proclamation of the word and the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is alive and with us today in the same manner as he was in Jerusalem all those years ago.
Even now we have all these different theories as to who Jesus is. Some say he is a great teacher, philosopher or whatever. If we miss the fact that Jesus is God then we lose the idea of him altogether; he becomes just another teacher, philosopher in a long list.
But Paul tells us that Jesus is much more than a teacher, he is the son of God, and thus equal with the Father in all things.
The danger for all Christians is that we shall either stress the humanity or divinity of Jesus too much. Accepting this teaching of Paul ensures that we shall not do so in our lives.