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Påve Benedict XVI, ur söndagens (26:e augusti) Angelus (mina fetningar), lånat från ”What Does The Prayer Really Say?”:

”Seeing that many of His disciples were leaving, Jesus addressed the Apostles, saying: ‘Will you also go away?’ (Jn 6:67). As in other cases, it is Peter who replied on behalf of the Twelve: ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? – and we too can reflect: to whom shall we go? – You have the words of eternal life and we have believed and know that You are the Holy One of God’ (Jn 6:68-69). On this passage we have a beautiful commentary of St. Augustine, who says in one of his homilies on John 6: ‘Do you see how Peter, by the grace of God, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has understood? Why did he understand? Because he believed. You have the words of eternal life. You give us eternal life by offering your risen body and your blood, your very self. And we have believed and understood. He does not say we have understood and then we believed, but we believed and then we understood. We have believed in order to be able to understand; if, in fact, we wanted to understand before believing, we would not be able either to understand or to believe. What have we believed and what have we understood? That You are the Christ, the Son of God, that is, that You are that very eternal life, and that You give in Your flesh and blood only that which You are’ (Commentary on the Gospel of John, 27, 9). So Saint Augustine said in a homily to his faithful people.”

Vad vi än vill förstå, så måste vi först tro på det. Är jorden rund? Jag måste tro på det, att det över huvud taget är möjligt, för att jag skall kunna börja förstå hur det är möjligt. Har jag förstått hur Jesus kan vara världens frälsare, så måste jag redan ha börjat tro på Honom (även i betydelse att ha förtroende för Honom).

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