Posts Tagged ‘Incarnate Son’

Benedict XVI – Parable of the Sower

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2011/08/23 at 11:11 PM

God Attract Us With the Goodness of His Incarnate Son

“Jesus addresses the multitude with the famous parable of the sower. “In some way this is an ‘autobiographical’ episode”, he said, “because it reflects Jesus’ own experience as a preacher. He identifies Himself with the sower who, while spreading the good seed of God’s Word, becomes aware of the differing effects it produces depending on the way it is accepted. There are those who listen superficially but fail to welcome it; those who accept it immediately but have no constancy and lose everything; those who are overwhelmed by the cares and lures of the world, and those who receive and absorb it like good soil, for them the Word brings forth abundant fruit.

“Yet this Gospel narrative also highlights the ‘method’ of Jesus’ preaching; in other words, His use of parables”, the Holy Father added. “His disciples ask Him: ‘why do you speak to them in parables?’ Jesus replies by distinguishing between the disciples and the crowds: to the former, who have already chosen to follow Him, He can speak openly of the Kingdom of God, but to others He has to use parables in order to simulate a decision, a conversion of heart. This is because parables, by their nature, require an effort of interpretation, they appeal to our intelligence but also to our freedom.

…In the final analysis the true ‘Parable’ of God is Jesus Himself … Who, in human form, both hides and reveals divinity. Thus, God does not force us to believe in Him; rather, He draws us to Him with the truth and goodness of His incarnate Son. Love, in fact, always respects freedom”.

VATICAN CITY, 10 JUL 2011 ANG/VIS 20110711 (420)

The Eternal Son

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/06/12 at 6:00 AM

Excerpts from Guardini, Romano THE LORD

“None of the great things in human life spring from the intellect; every one of them issue from the heart and its love.”  p. 19

“Jesus did not ‘experience’ God; he was God; He ver at any given moment ‘became’ God; He was God from the start.”  p. 20

“The whole problem is a mystery, the sacred mystery of the relationship of the triune God to his Incarnate Son.  We can never penetrate it, and knowledge of this incapacity must dominate our every though and statement concerning Jesus’ life.”  p. 31

“Everything He did was done from the eternal; everything He experienced was caught up into the eternal.”  p. 42

“Jesus looms like a rescuing cliff above the tides of human suffering.”  p. 49

“Jesus walks through the flood of pain, and the power of God flows form Him like  a wave of human healing.”  p. 53

“Eternal revolt of the human heart against the bearer of its own salvation. . . . The real reason is never given; invariably it is this mysterious, inexplicable impulse of the fallen human heart revolting against the holiness that is God.”  p. 53

“The Spirit within Him has the power to heal – to heal from the root of the evil.”  p. 55

“One after another they appear: the lame, the halt, the blind – living witnesses of the healing power that radiates from the Son of God.”  p. 57

“The Lord warns us also to guard against ourselves, against the deeply rooted human traits of vanity, complacency and egotism…Not even before oneself should and act of charity be paraded or reveled it.  Send that inner, applauding spectator away, and let the act, observed only by God, stand on its own.”  p. 99

“What the Sermon on the Mount demands of us is . . . a beginning and a continuing, a rising again and plodding on after every fall.”  p. 107

“It is Satan who leads people to be irritated by truth and to harden their hearts to its sacred tidings.”  p.  135

“Christ the Intermediary is a sacred living artery thorough which divine purity and forgiveness flow; through the establishment of the Eucharist he becomes a permanent artery; supplying all generations with the supernatural abundance of divine life.”  p. 143

Guardini, Romano THE LORD.  Regnery Publishing Company.