05/20/12 Pastor’s Message

May 21st, 2012 by helen in Pastor Message Archive 2012

Dei Verbum, God’s Divine Revelation

Part I

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, I thought it would be beneficial to look at one of its foundational documents, Dei Verbum (the Word of God). We are planning an adult education series in the Fall, where we will welcome three visiting priests who, with me, will present some major facets of the Second Vatican Council. Watch this space and our website, of course, as this series takes shape.

“It pleased God in His goodness and wisdom to reveal Himself and to make known the mystery of His will. His will was that [all] should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made Flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature.” (2) This is a basic foundation of the document, wherein God’s self is revealed, and human experience is part of divine revelation. God chose to set in motion salvation history, “to recognize Him as the only living and true God, as a provident Father and just Judge.” (3)

“He taught them, too, to look for the promised Saviour. And so, throughout the ages, He prepared the way for the Gospel.”(3) God the Father sent God the Son, to dwell among human beings, to tell them about the “inner life of God.” (4) Jesus Christ, “in whom the entire Revelation of the Most High God is summed up” (7), passed this revelation down through the ages through the apostolic tradition, and the living Word of God.

The document unveils the role of Sacred Tradition in a dynamic way: “In this way, the Church in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes.” (8)

It is God’s gracious will that revelation is perfected and completed in Christ: a good place to start, to learn about our Tradition. Next week: Sacred Scriptures.
Yours in the perfect love of God,

Fr. Dennis J. Vincenzo

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