DAILY MEDITATION (TUESDAY, JANUARY 12)
MEDITATION OF THE DAY
The One Who Has Come, the One We Await
In his goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of his will, by which through Christ, the Word made flesh, man might in the Holy Spirit have access to the Father and come to share in the divine nature….
After speaking in many and varied ways through the prophets, now at last in these days God has spoken to us in his Son (Heb 1:1-2). For he sent his Son, the eternal Word, who enlightens all men, so that he might dwell among men and tell them of the innermost being of God. Jesus Christ, therefore, the Word made flesh, speaks the words of God (Jn 3:34), and completes the work of salvation which his Father gave him to do. To see Jesus is to see his Father. For this reason Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through his whole work of making himself present and manifesting himself: through his words and deeds, his signs and wonders, but especially through his death and glorious resurrection from the dead and final sending of the Spirit of truth. Moreover he confirmed with divine testimony what revelation proclaimed, that God is with us to free us from the darkness of sin and death, and to raise us up to life eternal.
The Christian dispensation, therefore, as the new and definitive covenant, will never pass away and we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, solemnly promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI on November 18, 1965. / From Document Dei Verbum, November 18, 1965. Used with permission of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. www.vatican.va.