Thursday, May 25, 2006

Revealed Truth

God has revealed himself to man by gradually communicating his own mystery in deeds and in words.

- Catholic Catechism

I began thinking about this truth and remembered reading it in the Catechism. I think it’s interesting that God has chosen to reveal Himself gradually and not all at once. This is another great mystery of Catholicism.

I think it’s mysterious and worth thinking about how the early Israelites had a lower ‘level of revealed truth’ than we do today. Yet at the same time, they had in fullness the amount of truth God willed for them to have and certainly enough for their own justification. As the author of Hebrews says:

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves – Hebrews 10:1

Yet the Psalms say:

The law of the LORD is perfect – Psalms 19:7

And how do we make ends meet? Of course by what Jesus said:

I have come to fulfill the Law. – Matthew 5:17

And yet even still there was more to be ‘revealed’ as the fullness of truth had not yet been realized. Christ promised that the Helper would come and He did at Pentecost. Though even at Pentecost it would not be completed. St. John Chrysostom wrote that the Apostles:

"did not come down from the mountain carrying, like Moses, tablets of stone in their hands; but they came down carrying the Holy Spirit in their hearts... having become by his grace a living law, a living book”

- In Matthaeum, Hom. I,1: PG 57,15

And so sets the stage for the rest of Christendom and the glory of the Roman Catholic Church (& to the Roman See which St. John Chrysostom remained very loyal to) and the perpetual guiding of the Holy Spirit. So much of the beauty of Christianity is well understood through the gradual revelation of God through His mysteries.

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