This is a book written by a Filipino Jesuit, Carlos Abesamis S.J. I find it engrossing, but I hope it doesn’t contradict any official teachings.
There are at least three ways of fixing our gaze on Jesus. … The First Look at Jesus was the way Jesus understood himself, his own life and his own work. It was the look at Jesus through Jesus’ own eyes. Moreover, many of the first generation Christians, not yet influenced by the later Western outlook, also possessed the First Look at Jesus.
The Second Look at Jesus was the way Graeco-Roman and Western eyes later regarded Jesus, his life and his work. For example, while Jesus’ concern was the total well-being of the total human person, the Second Look tended to make redemption of souls Jesus’ concern. … This Second Look lasted from approximately 50 C.E. 1 to the 1960s! … This view is not wrong. In fact, with it people have reached heroic levels of zeal and holiness. Yet today, we must say that by itself it no longer vibrates with the rhythm of our people’s lives.
… the Third Look is the view of the Third World peoples. It is a look at Jesus, his life and his work—by and through the eyes of the poor peoples of the Third World. It is the look at Jesus by the poor and oppressed, the awakened, struggling and selfless poor, who want to create a just, humane and sustainable world. It is also the view of people who themselves are not poor but are in genuine solidarity with the poor.
The Third Look is very similar to the First. … The Third Look would be ill-at-ease with a Jesus that says: ‘Hunger is the will of God, a cross God sends you now in order for you to gain merits for heaven.’ The Third Look would be in search of a Jesus who says: ‘I want to see you freed from hunger.’ Well, that in fact is the way Jesus sees himself. … the concerns and questions of the conscientized poor are similar to those of Jesus …The First and Third Looks are first cousins. The Second Look is a distant relative.
Any thoughts? It doesn’t have an imprimatur and a nihil obstat. At the time the book was published, the author was:
“professor of Biblical and Contemporary Asian Theology at the Loyola School of Theology, Inter-Congregational Theological Center, and other theological schools in the Philippines. He is the co-founder of the Socio-Pastoral Institute (SPI), a founding member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT) and the Conference of Asian Theologians (CATS).”
bible.claret.org/catalog/scripture/cp_scripture1.htm (scroll down)
I realize discussing this is problematic for the low likelihood of others who’ve read the book too. I own (or used to own) a copy, but found the entire book online. Not sure if it’s legal or moral (unless the author allows it) but here’s a link: