Looking into the Mirror to encounter the Divine
“This sacred tradition, therefore, and Sacred Scripture of both the Old and New Testaments are like a mirror in which the pilgrim Church on earth looks at God, from whom she has received everything, until she is brought finally to see Him as He is, face to face (see 1 John 3:2)”
Dei Verbum n.7
This quote from the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum [The Word of God]) reminds all people that God continues to speak to us through His Word, which is “alive and active” (Heb 4:12) and is always relevant to our lives even in the 21st century! God has revealed Himself to us throughout human history, and in the person of Jesus Christ the fullness of Revelation has been revealed for ‘to have seen him is to have seen the Father’ (cf. Jn 1:1-18; Jn 14:9 etc.). He is the Word of God who existed before all things and took on human flesh to reveal the mystery of God, His Love and His Mercy to us. He is the Word who lives and moves among us through the action of the Holy Spirit.
Whilst God has fully revealed himself to us, we have not explicitly understood and so through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit authors committed the Word – the Good News of Salvation – to text as contained in the Canon of Sacred Scripture ie. the 73 books of the Bible. [N.B. In the sixteenth century during the period of the Reformation, other Christian traditions removed books from Sacred Scripture. It is the Catholic tradition that has retained all 73 books].
With careful study, prayer and reflection on Sacred Scripture the Holy Spirit continues to inspire people today to hear God’s voice speaking in our modern world. Therefore, as we continue out journey through this year dedicated as a ‘Year of the Word’ we are invited to go deeper into Sacred Scripture through prayer and study.
In the Archdiocese of Cardiff we have been graced to have scheduled a number Scripture Study sessions that will take place throughout the year in the Cornerstone. The full schedule of talks can be found by visiting the Events section of the Year of the Word portion of this website. How does God wish to speak to you, in your life, at this time? How can God touch the messiness of your life? How can God inspire and direct you? Everyone is invited to these Scripture Study sessions and to reflectively read the Scriptures at home or as part of groups.
“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb 4:12)