VATICAN CITY, 7 DEC 2911 – Benedict XVI dedicated the catechesis of today’s Wednesday audience, celebrated in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, to the Messianic Hymn of Jubilee, Jesus’ prayer of praise recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, which constitutes the “apex of a path of prayer in which Jesus’ profound and intimate communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit and His divine filiation clearly emerges “.

Already at the opening of the hymn, the Pope observed, Jesus addresses God by calling him Father, a term that expresses “Jesus’ awareness and certainty of being ‘the Son’ in close and constant communion with Him. This is the central point and the source of Jesus’ every prayer. … The name of ‘Father’ is followed by a second title: ‘Lord of heaven and earth'”, which “recalls the great biblical narration of the history of God’s love for human beings that began with creation. Jesus … is the pinnacle and the fullness of this history of love. … Through the expression ‘Lord of heaven and earth’ we also recognize how, in Jesus, the one who reveals the Father, the possibility of access to God is opened to humanity”.

But, to whom does the Son want to reveal the mysteries of God? “Divine revelation”, the pontiff explained, “does not occur within earthly logic, according to which humans are the wise and powerful who posses important knowledge and transmit it to those who are more simple. … God’s style is another: His communication is addressed precisely to the ‘childlike’. … And what is this childlikeness that opens humans to a filial intimacy with God and to welcoming His will? … It is the pureness of heart that allows us to recognize the face of God in Jesus Christ. It is keeping our hearts as simple as those of children, without the presumptions of those who are locked in themselves, thinking they have no need of anyone, not even God”.

“In Matthew’s Gospel, after the Hymn of Jubilee, we encounter one of Jesus’ most moving pleas: ‘Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.’ Jesus asks that we go to Him, the true wisdom, to the one who is ‘meek and humble of heart’; He proposes His ‘yoke’, the path of evangelical wisdom, which is neither a doctrine to learn nor an ethical proposal, but rather a Person to follow: He himself, the only-begotten Son, in perfect communion with the Father”.

“We also can address God with the confidence of sons and daughters”, Benedict XVI concluded, “calling Him Father when we pray. But we have to keep the heart of a child, the heart of those ‘poor in spirit’, in order to recognize that we are not self-sufficient … that we need God, that we have to seek Him, listen to Him, speak to Him. Prayer opens us to receiving the gift of God, His wisdom who is Jesus himself, in order to accept the will of the Father in our lives and to find consolation in the weariness of our journey”.

At the end of the audience, Benedict XVI greeted the pilgrims present in the hall in their various languages and noted that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated tomorrow, “reminds us of Mary’s singular acceptance of God’s salvific plan. Preserved from any stain of sin in order to be the holy dwelling place of the Incarnate Word, she always trusted fully in the Lord”. The Pope especially urged the youth to make the effort to imitate the Virgin “with pure and clean hearts, letting yourselves be shaped by God who, in you as well, desires to bring about ‘great things'”.

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4 Responses to DIVINE REVELATION DOES NOT FOLLOW EARTHLY LOGIC: Wednesday General Audience.

  1. Toadspittle says:

    “Divine revelation….does not occur within earthly logic, according to which humans are the wise and powerful who posses important knowledge and transmit it to those who are more simple…

    Transmit it to whom? Dogs? Ferrets? Dolphins?

    Well. Far be it for Toad to disagree with His Holiness – but he does, in a way. Certainly, “divine revelation” does not occur within earthly logic. But earthly logic is all we have got on earth, obviously, and it’s as much as we need, and if it isn’t, it’s as much as we are going to get.
    God given, or not.

    And it has nothing to do with being “wise and powerful.” You don’t have to be “wise and powerful” to appreciate that two and two make four.

    One might think, reading CP&S, that the Dear Old Pope is constantly “wisely and powerfully,” transmitting the important knowledge he posseses to the rest of us simpletons.
    But apparently not. Nothing but revelation. Oh, well.

    “God’s style is another: His communication is addressed precisely to the ‘childlike’,”

    Toad’s first reaction was, if “childlike” is so great, how come children aren’t running the Vatican?

    His second thought was, perhaps they actually are. Which might account for a few things.


  2. Toadspittle says:


    A debate on the relative merits of, “Childlike,” and “Childish,” would be informative. Thinks Toad.


  3. JabbaPapa says:

    The rhetoric based on notions based on the “child” word is occasionally annoying, but it is based on the sort of relationship that we have with God, which is that we are all of us like children compared to the Father. Some Catholics occasionally exaggerate this aspect of things, thereby creating annoyance – but the basic logic of the idea is sound.

    As regards earthly logic being insufficient, this is because not only does the created order of things completely transcend the limits of that logic, but God Himself transcends the limitations of that logic. We can no more understand God than we can truly understand physical reality — except within certain self-defined limitations.

    BTW toad the warning against setting up any human agency as an ultimate authority includes an implicit warning against setting up the Magisterium, or the Pope, as an ultimate authority (this same warning is made explicitly both by Jesus in Scripture, and by certain precise readings during the course of the year in the Catholic Liturgy) — but instead we should simply listen to the actions of God both in our lives and our prayer, and as we can find them in the works and thinking of others ; this can nevertheless help to explain why the central locus of the Catholic Faith is not theology, but the Eucharist.


  4. golden chersonnese says:

    Divine revelation….does not occur within earthly logic

    Yet I am confused. This pope, I thought, championed the use of reason (logos) in matters of the Faith.

    This pope never lets those who hear him forget that Christian revelation is also a work addressed to reason, to Logos.

    This article by Father Schall muddies the waters further, I find (no doubt Toad could muddy them even more), but contains much that bears jabba out.



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