Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Church's Diplomacy Has a Fixed Star: That of the Magi

The Magi who found Jesus by following the star – the pope said – did the opposite of what happened at Babel. The Epiphany is already Pentecost. It is the blessing of God, who saves and reconciles men and nations. In the child of Bethlehem, the "last times" have begun. The Church "fulfills its mission completely only when it reflects in itself the light of Christ the Lord, and so helps the peoples of the world along the way of peace and authentic progress."
Have a look at what Sandro Magister has to say.

1 comment:

Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

What I find inspiring and truly beautiful in Pope Benedict's meditation on the Epiphany is the link between Christ's light in the world (lux magna super terram) and the star of Bethlehem which shone forth powerfully in the heavens, so that it was visible to the Magi.

Christ is still the Light of the World, even now, and we can still follow his light.

It is a wonderful and extraordinary thing to ponder.

I do hope people listened to what the Pope said.

A moratorium on death would be a turning to life, and calls to mind the words of St. John's gospel :

"In him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men, a Light which shines in the Darkness, and the Darkness could not overcome it.

This was the true Light which enlightens every man who comes into the world.."

Light and Life. They are inseparable in Christ The Light of the World. An irresistible Light.

How strange that some people prefer the culture of Death and Darkness.

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