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You (still) Gotta Have Faith, Part II

March 1, 2012

In Part I, we talk about Man’s search for God, “who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:16).  Therefore, He has to reveal himself and give himself, divinely, to mankind.

In the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum (Word of God), we learn that “It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will (cf. Ephesians 1:9), which was that people can draw near to the Father, through Christ, the Word (Logos) made flesh, in the holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature (cf. Eph 2:18, 2 Pet 1:4)… The pattern of this revelation unfolds through the deeds and words which are intrinsically connected” (Dei Verbum 2).

Our Creator, then, has a specific lesson plan, “a specific divine pedagogy: God communicated himself to man gradually.  He prepares him to welcome by stages the supernatural Revelation that is to culminate in the person and mission of the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ” (CCC 53).

Paragraph 54 goes back to Dei Verbum, “God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word (cf. John 1:3), provides constant evidence of himself in created realities (cf. Rom 1:19-20).  Furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation, he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning (DV 3).  Ok, so Cradles, “which were the chief blessings intended for Adam and Eve had they remained faithful to God?”  Robots:

Question 248: The chief blessings intended for Adam and Eve, had they remained faithful to God, were a constant state of happiness in this life and everlasting glory in the next.

The divine Revelation is unveiled in the person of his only Son, the Word made Flesh.  “’In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son’ (Hebrews 1:1-2).   Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect, and unsurpassable Word.  In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one” (CCC 65).

The Catechism goes on to quote St. John of the Cross, who comments on the above passage from Hebrews, “In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word – and he has no more to say… because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son.  Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behavior, but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty” (St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel).

As our illustrious RCIA Director discussed, we are living in the end times: there will be no further Revelation.  In Part III, we will discuss how we respond to this revelation with… Faith.

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