24 October 2012

In God's Time

An excerpt from today's first reading, taken from Paul's Letter to the Ephesians:

When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

In this world (and yes, in this church), we often find ourselves detached from any meaningful theology of history.  Attempts at the articulation of a theology of history, of course, do not ipso facto mean that God determines what happens when (let's leave our divine causality arguments aside for a moment).

The development of a theology of history does suggest, however, that God acts within the confines of time and space - at least in the temporal world.  And in today's selection from Paul we receive a good sense of that.  Paul makes the point the the Christ event is a historical moment the historical moment, around which the entire human project revolves.  Perhaps even more incredibly, this event takes place within the confines of human corporeality and is thus bound by life, death, time and finitude.

In other words: God indeed sent his only Son into the world and we came to know him not only through his actions, but through the inspired mediation of revelation of the Word through others.

Paul of Tarsus.  What a guy.

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