Two different evaluations of the dimension of time thus contrast each other, one qualitative and one quantitative. On the one hand, there is there is the solar cycle with its rhythms; on the other, that which St. Paul calls the "fullness of time" (Gal 4:4), namely, the culminating moment of the history of the universe and of the human race, when the Son of God was born into the world. The time of promises was fulfilled and, when the pregnancy of Mary had reached its end, "the earth has yielded its increase" (Ps 66 :7) as a psalm says. The coming of the Messiah, foretold by the Prophets, is qualitatively the most important event in all of history, to which it confers its own final and ultimate meaning. Historical-political coordinates do not condition God’s choices, but, on the contrary, it is the event of the Incarnation that "fills up" the worth and meaning of history.It strikes me that Pope Benedict's words here are a confirmation of the vision of Christ as Lord of the cosmos and Lord of history that we try to get across in the Faith Movement. He used to read the Faith Magazine when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It is exciting to think that perhaps he may still find time to glance at it occasionally.
Sunday, 31 December 2006
Pope Benedict and the Faith Movement
Fr John Zuhlsdorf over at What does the prayer really say? has news of Pope Benedict's address during the New Year's Eve Vespers and Benediction with singing of the Te Deum. Fr John gives the following quotation: