God Has Spoken to Us Through the Son: The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Mass During the Day

Today’s second reading from the opening of the Letter to the Hebrews (1:1-6) begins:

In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe,
who is the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.

The Letter to the Hebrews was most likely written in the 80s A.D., or possibly the 60s A.D. (Fr. Raymond Brown’s An Introduction to the New Testament), so the “last days” perspective of the author is our position in salvation history too–the time after the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. The “us” of Hebrews is us today, as well.

God has spoken to us through the Son.

Sounds so simple and obvious, it’s easy (at least for me) to overlook the profound meaning of this statement.

Early on, the Catechism of the Catholic Church comments on these verses, explaining:

Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one (§65).

Jesus, the Word made flesh–incarnate by the Holy Spirit, as we celebrate this holy day–is the Alpha and the Omega, the eternal logos. And, Jesus humbles Himself to become our Savior on a cross–“God has said everything in his Word” (CCC section title §65).

Christianity is a historical faith. But, it’s not mere history. Christianity didn’t soley happen in the past, Jesus is not contained within or confined to history.

As the Catechism goes on to make clear:

even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries (§66). 

This is where the us comes in again–yes, you and I–that kind of “us.” We of “Christian faith” gradually grasp the full significance of God’s Revelation in Jesus Christ, God’s Word.

In sum and compilation it [Revelation being made completely explicit] goes on over the course of centuries. But the tiny steps through which our dim and blurry understandings of God become more explicit, more clear, more fully revealed (cf 1 Cor. 13:12) emerge day-by-day in each of our sometimes-mundane and sometimes-more-dramatic lives as disciples of Jesus Christ living in the Holy Spirit.

God has spoken to us through the Son. 
What are you hearing God say, through the Son?
Who do you need to share the message with, so that God is speaking to an us?

 

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