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					      REVELATION
God’s self-disclosure to us
REVELATION
   Taking away the veil
   The disclosure of what was previously
    unknown
   Brought about by God’s loving initiative
   How God communicates God-self to
    humanity
REVELATION
   The primary theme of the Second Vatican
    Council’s Constitution on Divine
    Revelation Dei Verbum 1965
   Speaks first of revelation as God’s self-
    revelation inviting a personal response of
    faith
   Secondarily the communication of truths
    about God and human beings
REVELATION
   Thus two kinds of revelation result in:
   Knowledge of God – experiential
   Knowledge about God - rational
REVELATION
 Dei Verbum recognises that revelation is
  first the personal manifestation of the
  Divine Mystery
 And second the disclosure of divine
  mysteries
 In revelation we primarily meet God not
  divinely authorised truths about God
 (DV 5)
REVELATION
   So then faith is the response of the whole
    person –
   Head, heart, and actions-
   To the self-manifestation of God
REVELATION
    Three Qualities of Revelation
1.   Revelation is SACRAMENTAL
2.   Revelation is SALVIFIC
3.   Revelation is CHRIST CENTRED
REVELATION
   SACRAMENTAL
   Divine revelation occurs through an
    interplay of deeds and words.
   E.g. through the words of the prophets,
    explaining the events or deeds of Israel’s
    history
REVELATION
   SALVIFIC
   The self-revelation of God changes and
    transforms human beings
   who hear the divine word and let
    themselves be opened to God’s presence
REVELATION
   CHRIST CENTRED
   Christ forms the climax of God’s self-
    revelation
   In his incarnation, life, death, resurrection,
    co-sending of the Holy Spirit. (DV4, 17)
   The Word became flesh and lived among
    us (Jn1:14)
   Christ is the Revealer and the Revelation
REVELATION
Long ago
God spoke to our ancestors
in many and various ways
by the prophets,
but in these last days
he has spoken to us by his Son
(Hebrews 1:1-2)
REVELATION
   YET……..
   We do not yet enjoy
   The fullness and completion of revelation
   The final vision of God is still to come
   (1 Jn 3:2)
   We see and know dimly (1Cor 13:12)
REVELATION
   The ‘not yet’ of this future manifestation
    qualifies the revelation ‘already’ achieved
    through Christ and the Holy Spirit
REVELATION
   Revelation is also an ONGOING REALITY
   God is constantly inviting our human faith
   There is a relationship between revelation
    as it happened in the past and as it
    happens now in the Church
   God continues to speak to us (DV8) and
    invite us into relationship
REVELATION
   Foundational Revelation – in the past
   Dependent Revelation – actualised now
    for those who hear God’s word
   Eschatological revelation – the definite
    self-revelation of God at the end of history
REVELATION
   When we begin to reflect on how God
    reveals God-self to human beings it helps
    us to understand what it means to be
    human:
   Suffering and death
   What we are and what we are to become
   Reveals the origin, nature and destiny of
    human beings
   Gaudium et Spes 10, 22, 41.

				
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