The Second reading on Sunday, the Feast of the Epiphany, spoke and speaks of revelation – of God giving of himself that his creatures, human beings, might be made one, and restored to a loving family united in him.
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.
And all this in and through Jesus Christ.
The particularity of Jesus Christ, his importance and necessity for our salvation is a stumbling block for many. Too often that particularity is presented in the context of a religious colonialism and arrogance.
Yet Christ came to serve and to set free.
- What is there about Catholic life in your life that is limiting and diminishing?
- What is there that is liberating?
- How does this manifest itself in your Catholic life and mission?
- And in the life of your Catholic – or ecumenical – community?
Detail from Coventry Cathedral. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.