February 09, 2011

Realism and Knowing Christ

Let's continue with the first section of the first part of Verbum Domini: The God Who Speaks.

God created all things and each one of us. "All reality expresses this mystery," the Pope tells us. Everything God created points back to its Creator. We are all evidence of God's loving care.
In particular, man stands out, as we were made in God's image (Gen 1:27) [355-361]. In the section on "the creation of man", the Pope reminds us of the precious gifts God has given just to us: "the value of our body, the gift of reason, freedom, and conscience." We are "words of God" in that we proclaim not only that God is but show some of who He is.

We cannot forget, though, the first and most fundamental meaning. The "basic meaning of the word of God" is the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. Our existence - through the history of the universe, and from moment to moment in our daily lives - is willed by God. In the beginning was the Word and through the Word all things were made. This "is the foundation of all reality". In fact, "God makes us change our concept of realism: the realist is the one who recognizes in the word of God the foundation of all things."

Ultimately, it comes back to the "Christology of the word". As the Holy Father writes in that section, Christ's "unique and singular history is the definitive word which God speaks to humanity." Being a Christian is fundamentally about "the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a definitive direction." Being a Christian is not primarily about a list of "thou shalt nots". Being a Christian is not primarily about knowing the rules or even about knowing about Christ. Being a Christian is about knowing Christ - encountering Him, listening to Him, and following Him. Christ shows us the goal and how to get there.

If you don't feel like you know Him, spend some time before the Word of God. Sit in His presence and listen. Stay after Mass for some quiet adoration, or find a church with Eucharistic adoration.

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