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22 February 2013

On the Feast of the Chair of Peter

Peter engages directly the dynamics of Divine Revelation today, experiencing it in a way that Lonergan might call both objective and subjective.  What I mean by this is that Peter is in contact, directly, objectively, with the Word made Flesh.  He lives and eats and prays and follows the Lord.  He receives Revelation itself -- in a sort of unmediated fashion.  He gets to see the Word Himself, without gloss.  this is revelation in the objective sense.

But Peter's confession takes him into the subjective stage: he makes a confession, discerning an answer to Jesus' question.  He speaks from his own subjectivity (and correctly, oh so correctly!):
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
He has thus made a determination, made through the data available to him.  Such a determination is certainly a revelation in and of itself. This is certainly the work of the Holy Spirit; yet at the same time, Peter's subjectivity is exactly and precisely what forms the ground for which the Holy Spirit to work.


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