Sunday in the
Octave of Christmas
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
31st December 2017
The Mystery of Jesus Christ by Archbishop Marcel
"Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen
God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the
bosom of the Father, he hath declared him"
The mystery of the God-Man is great, clearly; but it is
absolutely necessary to meditate on it, and to know the
reality, the truth, because this is our faith, our whole
life and the life of the world. Nothing is done in the
world that does not relate to Our Lord; it is either for
Him or against Him, with Him or without Him. Our Lord is
the key to the solution of all the problems. There are
none here below that are indifferent to Our Lord. Men
try in vain to work without reference to Our Lord, but
it is impossible because Our Lord is everywhere. He is
in everything because He created everything; therefore
everything is in His hands. Everything belongs to Him,
nothing is outside of Him. Men seek to evade Him, but
they cannot because everything is His.
To try to construct human history outside of Our Lord
Jesus Christ is an absurdity. Our Lord is the centre of
history. Everything was made by Him and for Him and the
only happiness of men and mankind is to be united to Our
Lord, to live for God by Jesus Christ, because He is
God. He has given us the means; this is why He came. St.
John says as much in his first epistle, which is also
very beautiful: "That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled,
of the word of life" (1 John 1:1). St. John cannot
distract his mind from the moments when he touched Our
Lord, when he rested his head upon His breast during the
Last Supper. The scene is anchored in his mind and he
will never forget these instants; he lived to the end of
his days in thinking of the extraordinary happiness he
had known in touching the Word of God: "For the life was
manifested; and we have seen and do bear witness and
declare unto you the life eternal, which was with the
Father and hath appeared to us".
Undoubtedly, it was only little by little that the
Apostles came to recognise the Divinity of Our Lord.
Even at the Ascension, they were still asking when His
temporal reign would begin. What notion did they have of
this Person who was before them? In fact, they did not
fully understand the mystery of Our Lord until after
Pentecost, after the pouring forth of the Holy Ghost
upon them. They drew from it the consequences which
appear in their writings. This is what is admirable.
The affirmations of the Apostles and the Evangelists are
quite precise: Those who affirm the Divinity of Our
Lord Jesus Christ are of God. Those who deny it are not.
The consequences are enormous. Think of the multitudes
of people, of all humanity which lives today as the men
who lived before. It is in relation to Our Lord Jesus
Christ and his Divinity that the fate of all these men
is decided, and so their eternity!