The defenseless power of love… constitutes the new Divine intervention…

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

God’s ways are not as we imagine them or

as we might wish to them to be.
God does not enter into competition
with earthly powers in this world.
He does not marshal his divisions alongside other divisions.
God did not send twelve legions of angels
to assist Jesus in the Garden of Olives (cf. Mt 26:53).
He contrasts the noisy and ostentatious power of this world
with the defenseless power of love,
which succumbs to death on the Cross
and dies ever anew throughout history;
yet it is this same love which constitutes the new divine intervention
that opposes injustice
and ushers in the Kingdom of God.
+Pope Benedict XVI
WYD 2005- Germany

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
[Pope Benedict XVI] Vatican retreat 1983
We hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God” (Acts 2,11)

The day of Pentecost reveals to us
the catholicity and universality of the Church.
The Holy Spirit makes his presence known by the gift of tongues.
Thus he renews, while reversing, the incident at Babel (Gn 11),
that outward expression of the pride
of those who want to be as God is
and who, by their own strength
– that is to say, without God –
build a bridge to heaven,
the tower of Babel.

Such pride stirs up divisions in the world
and sets up walls of separation.
Because of pride, man acknowledges his own intelligence alone,
his own will, his own heart.
As a result, he is no longer able either to understand
the speech of others
nor hear the voice of God.
The Holy Spirit, Divine Love, both understands and effects
an understanding of other tongues.
It creates unity in diversity.
Thus, the Church speaks all languages from its first inception.
From the start she is catholic and universal.
The bridge between heaven and earth truly exists:
this bridge is the cross
and our Lord’s love has created this bridge.
The construction of this bridge exceeds technology’s capability:
Babel’s aim must and does fail.
Only God’s incarnate love could answer to such an aim…
The Church is catholic from the first moment of her existence;
she embraces all tongues.
The sign of tongues expresses a very important aspect
of an ecclesiology that is faithful to Scripture:
the universal Church precedes any particular church;
unity comes before the different parts.
The universal Church does not consist in
a secondary fusion of local churches.
It is a Church that is universal and catholic which gives rise to particular churches
and these latter can only remain churches so long as
they are in communion with catholicity.
Moreover, catholicity demands the multiplicity of languages,
sharing in common, and the bringing into harmony of humanity’s riches
in the love of the Crucified.
Ephesians 2:14-16
For he is our peace, who hath made both one,
and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:
Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees;
that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace;
And might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross,
killing the enmities in himself.

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