By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Epiphany Homily from Pope

Go to the link for the full text. Here is an excerpt that takes aim at how our supposed intellectual certainties can keep us from seeing the truth about the world and about ourselves [emphasis below added by blogger]:

Although the few of Bethlehem have become many, believers in Jesus Christ always seem to be few. Many have seen the star, but few have understood its message. Scripture scholars of Jesus' time knew the word of God perfectly. They were able to say without any difficulty what was to be found in Scripture regarding the place in which the Messiah would be born, but, as St. Augustine says, "as the milestones (that indicate the way), they remained inert and immovable" (Sermo 199. In Epiphania Domini, 1, 2).

Hence, we can ask ourselves: What is the reason that some see and others do not? What is it that opens the eyes and heart? What is missing in those who remain indifferent, from those who indicate the way but do not move? We can answer: the excessive certainty in themselves, the pretension of knowing reality perfectly, the presumption of already having formulated a definitive judgment on things, thus making their hearts closed and insensitive to the novelty of God. They are certain of the idea they have of the world and do not let themselves be moved in their deepest being by the adventure of a God who wants to meet them. They place more confidence in themselves than in him, and they do not consider it possible that God, being so great, can make himself small, that he can really come close to us.

Blogger Comment: God becoming human is always a scandal. But our God is not the God of the philosophers, but rather the God of salvation history who reveals himself as he sees fit, even if such revelation does not fit our preconceptions of what is fitting to the all-powerful God. Who are we to constrain how He chooses to reveal himself? God is not a mathematical equation or model who must fit our logical parameters. Rather, we are the ones who must fit His parameters.