AS HE IS
Carlo Caretto (1910-1988) wrote, “Jesus broke through the wall surrounding the invisible, and came down into the visible world to bear witness to ‘the things that are above,’ to reveal to us the ‘the secrets of Father’s house,’ to give us in concrete form what is called eternal life.
What exactly is it, this famous ‘eternal life?’
He (Jesus) defined it in the gospel: “And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” So eternal life is, first and foremost, knowledge. It is a matter of knowing the Father, knowing Jesus. But it is not a question of external, historical, analogical knowledge which we could more or less imagine, possess perhaps, even now; it is rather a question of real, supernatural knowledge which, although it is still surrounded here by darkness of faith, is already the same as the knowledge we will have when the veil is torn aside and we see God face to face. It is a question of knowing God as he is, not as he may appear to us or as we imagine him.”
“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.” Jesus