Saturday, January 06, 2007

Feast of the Epiphany: Crossing the Abyss


"We can imagine the awe which the Magi experienced before he Child in swaddling clothes. Only faith enabled them to recognize in the face of that Child the King whom they were seeking, the God to whom the star had guided them.

In him, crossing the abyss between the finite and the infinite, the visible and the invisible, the Eternal entered time, the Mystery became known by entrusting himself to us in the frail body of a small child. 'The Magi are filled with awe by what they see; heaven on earth and earth in heaven; man in God and God in man; they see enclosed in a tiny body the One whom the entire world cannot contain' (St. Peter Chrysologus, Sermon 160, n. 2)."

---Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day 2005, Address at the Papal Welcoming Ceremony on the Poller Rheinwiesen bank in Cologne, August 18, 2005.

1 comment:

tgorman said...

Phil, the readings for Chistmas really struck me this year. What an amazing thing, The Word become human...Sometimes I like to substitute other words for "Word"..
[Music, Energy, Silence, Action, "Is-ness"...it's all metaphor, but said Being, The Christ, though Risen from the dead and we await a fuller presence again, is also present now in so many ways!