Saturday, November 24, 2007

On the eve of Christ the King

Today’s Office of Readings ends with the Responsory (from 1 Cor 13:12):

My knowledge now is imperfect;
Then it shall be as perfect as God’s knowledge of me.

The above, in the fuller context, taken from the Douay translation:

We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known.

Here we have the summation of the famous First Corinthians 13; as well as the summation of St. Francis de Sales’ Treatise on Divine Love, and going back further, St. Augustine’s De Trinitae (On the Trinity).

We are made in the image of the invisible God, but Jesus IS the image of the invisible God. In the analogy which St. Paul has used, we look at this image in a dirty mirror and receive a very distorted view; the mirror being none other than us. In Jesus, the image is clear, because He IS the image. Now, the all-knowing God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, know us fully. Psychology and psychoanalysis ask us to enter into ourselves to know ourselves, but this is a doomed exercise (for all but the purpose for which it was created; see E. Michael Jones’ “Libido Dominandi”), which will not produce the object of the search; rather, it ends in the nothing. It makes more sense, that in order to “know thyself” one would look where the knowledge resides, which is Jesus Christ, the Wisdom and Knowledge of God. We will know ourselves fully in the life to come, but not fully in this life, unless the Lord so grant us to, through Himself. Meditate on the above, it will become clear.

also, Mike Turner O.P.L. writes:

Today is the memorial of the Martyrs of Vietnam. The second reading of the OOR is in the Supplement, a letter written by St. Paul Le Bao Tinh in 1843. If you have Father George's book about the martyrs, St. Paul Le Bao Tinh has a short bio on page 71. He was a diocesan priest.

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