“Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God,and him whom you have sent, Jesus Christ.” John 17:3
FRIENDSHIP BEGINS WITH ONE“HELLO”It is impossible to love, or even to have arelationship with someone who is notknown.Introducing one’s self to another in basicin initiating friendship. This is sustainedby constant communication throughwhich the unfolding of self takes place.
God, in his desire to enter into a lovingrelationship with humanity, took theinitiative of introducing himself to us,and of communicating with us boththrough natural and supernaturalmeans.GOD’S DISCLOSURE OF HIMSELF IS CALLED: “Revelation is God’s personal loving communication to us of who He is and His plan to save us all in His love. It is God’s reaching out to us in friendship, so we get to know and love Him.” CFC no.101
THE LIMITATION OF HUMAN REASON:The fact that natural reason can prove God’sexistence is in itself revelation.But while human reason can tell us that Godexists, it cannot tell us WHO GOD IS. In order for us to know who God is, we have to pay attention to the different avenues by which God communicates with us.
Rev. Fr. Ian Knox, C.S.Sp.EVENTS CREATION HISTORY PROPHETS JESUS CHRISTPERSONS CHURCH
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmamentproclaims His handiwork” Psalm 19:1The beauty of nature awakens our religioussense. Realizing that we cannot beresponsible for the grandeur of creation,we end up concluding: there must be aGod who is the cause of everything.CREATION IS THE FIRST ACT OFGOD’S REVELATION.“Ever since the creation of the world, his eternal power and divinenature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seenthrough the things he has made.” Romans 1:19-20
For history to be revelatory, we have to learnlooking at history with the eyes of faith.We have to realize that God is not merelywatching us from a distance. Rather, he isactively involved in the story of our lives, both asindividuals and as a people.Even the most secular historical events, whenseen with faith, become evidences of God’sdivine plan gradually unfolding through time.
Historians enable us to remember significant events.The PROPHETS of God, both ancient and modern, helpus to see historical events with God’s own eyes.While prophets may tell of future events, prediction ofthe future is just incidental to prophecy. The main taskof a prophet is to convey the message of God byinterpreting the SIGNS OF THE TIMES.The meaning of historical events as revealed by Godthrough the prophets are at times unpalatable. Often,prophets speak the uncomfortable truth, hence they areoften persecuted.
“In times past God spoke in varied ways to our fathersthrough the prophets; in this, the final age, He has spokento us through His Son” Hebrews 1:1-2“No one has ever seen God, but the only Son, who is the sameas God, made Him known…” John 1: 18 JESUS CHRIST IS THE FULLNESS OF GOD’S REVELATIONBy becoming man like us, he revealed to us everything weneed to know about God, using a language that we canunderstand and relate to.
“As goal, Jesus is ‘the key, the center and the purpose of thewhole of man’s history’ (GS 10), in whose image we all areto be conformed (cf. Rom 8:29).” “But Christ is not only the goal of God’s revelation, He is also its content, the Revealed One. In himself, Jesus reveals both God and ourselves. ‘Christ, the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of His love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling’ (GS 22).”“Christ is revealer through his part in creation, through hisbecoming man, through his hidden and public life, and especiallythrough his passion, death and resurrection. After his resurrection,the Risen Christ continues his revelation by sending us his HolySpirit, the Spirit of truth (cf. DV 4).” CFC nos. 77-79
“God speaks to us in and through the life of thechurch. God speaks to us through the lives ofholy people who have evidently taken Jesus’message to heart and serve as an example to all.As we participate in the life of the church, weparticipate in revelation. We believe that Jesus isstill speaking and acting through the church, thatis through us and our participation in the life of thecommunity. We believe that we as a church,continue Jesus’ preaching and mission to theworld.” Fr. Ian Knox THEOLOGY FOR TEACHERS,p.88
OUR RESPONSE TO REVELATION IS ACT OF FAITH O MY GOD, I FIRMLY BELIEVE ALL THE TRUTHS WHICH THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES BECAUSE YOU HAVE REVEALED THEM WHO NEVER DECEIVE, NOR CAN BE DECEIVED. AMEN.Many of the truths revealed by God to us are beyond the power of ourhuman comprehension. Yet because we believe that God, who is all good"cannot deceive nor be deceived” we say “AMEN” even to things we do notfully understand.
Fr. Ian Knox, C.S. Sp. THEOLOGY FOR TEACHERS Ottawa: Novalis Press, 1994Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines ECCCECATECHISM FOR FILIPINO CATHOLICS Makati: Word and Life Publications, 1997