The Fulfiller of All Things


With the Incarnation, history reaches a climax in which God makes himself visible through the sacred humanity of the Son. At the moment of the Incarnation, God’s intention, God’s mysterion, which had gradually been revealed to his servants the prophets, is now realized in the person of Jesus. Since its beginning, creation was waiting for the presence of the one in whom God’s image would be fully embodied; the unfolding history was waiting for God himself to be embodied in the person of Christ, restoring through him that order which Adam had spoiled….


If the entire history of salvation is the history of God’s intervention in the history of human beings, then never until the Incarnation did God intervene in such a direct way. If the whole history of salvation is the story of God’s manifestation to people, never did God manifest himself so fully [until someone] could say, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God…. In Christ, for the first time, there appears a man who places all of his humanity at the complete service of divinity. In him humanity is the docile and intelligent instrument of divinity in the highest possible manner. Of the many attempts of people throughout history to respond to the repeated and constant gift of God, the divine gift is finally met with the fullest and most worthy response possible…. The Son of Man is the greatest manifestation of the merciful and redeeming love of God…. At long last, a new bond between God and humankind is established and would remain forever, a bond in which God does not dwell in the midst of people but “in the Temple of Christ’s body,” and through him, in people….


The Incarnation is a great event for its own sake but also because of its effect on the whole of humanity. From that moment onward, the gift of new life and a different relationship with God is offered through Christ. The person who is joined to Christ comes to share in the secrets of life within the Trinity through Christ’s sacred humanity. A new life now flows through the spiritual veins of the human creature. This new life is God’s life, transmitted through the humanity of the Risen Christ.


Dr. Sofia Cavalletti

Dr. Sofia Cavalletti († 2011) was an internationally known biblical scholar. Together with Gianna Gobbi, she founded the method of religious formation called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Rome in 1954. / From The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia (formerly History’s Golden Thread), pp. 136, 138. Translated by Rebekah Rojcewicz © 2012, Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Publications is an imprint of Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved.Used with permission.

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