Whatever We Know of God, We Know Through Jesus
God qua God is beyond our understanding. God is just, holy, infinite, other. We are none of the above.
And yet all God’s creation is self-revelation. And truths about God are imparted in all religions and wisdom traditions.
Jesus in his person, life, teachings, ministry, death, resurrection, and continuing work in the world is the most complete revelation of God—God’s nature and God’s truth—that we very incomplete, finite, sinful human beings can begin to comprehend.
And it is through participation in Jesus’ continuing work in the world—perhaps most profoundly beyond the sacraments through suffering and lovingly working in community to prevail against injustice and suffering—that we grow in our understanding of God and of our own life and purpose here.
In Spanish, there are two verbs for “to know”: saber, to know something intellectually, and conocer, to know someone or something from one’s own experience. By definition, God would not be God if within the range of our finite human minds. But whatever mortal flesh can know about God and about itself, we learn through the experience of our shared life in Jesus.