Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday Dei Verbum

Today is the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Dei Verbum by Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council.  If you haven't read it before, today is a great day to do it.

This is one of my most favorite lines in the entire document, found in paragraph 2:

"In His goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of His will (see Eph. 1:9) by which through Christ, the Word made flesh, man might in the Holy Spirit have access to the Father and come to share in the divine nature (see Eph. 2:18; 2 Peter 1:4). Through this revelation, therefore, the invisible God (see Col. 1;15, 1 Tim. 1:17) out of the abundance of His love speaks to men as friends (see Ex. 33:11; John 15:14-15) and lives among them (see Bar. 3:38), so that He may invite and take them into fellowship with Himself. This plan of revelation is realized by deeds and words having an inner unity: the deeds wrought by God in the history of salvation manifest and confirm the teaching and realities signified by the words, while the words proclaim the deeds and clarify the mystery contained in them. By this revelation then, the deepest truth about God and the salvation of man shines out for our sake in Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation."

1 comment:

ELC said...

I've read it several times over the years, and I read it last week in "The Scripture Documents" (ed. Dean P. Bechard), an excellent resource.