Chapter 2 – The Divine Unveiling Love Unveiled 2


Deacon Ralph – 

In this chapter Sri explores the means God uses to communicate with us. Throughout history, people have attempted to explain the world, life, and the human condition, by using human reasoning. People invented gods to explain the rain, the sun, bountiful crops, or whatever else was beyond their understanding. For Christians, it is God who seeks us out and reveals what our limited human minds could never imagine. Saint Thomas Aquinas says that our finite minds cannot comprehend the infinite God on our own. We need help. We need God’s communication… God’s revelation.

This revelation, or unveiling, is found in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, often referred to as the “deposit of faith.” As the author points out, left to our own whims and musings, individuals could interpret God’s revelation in a variety of ways that could cause confusion and division. To guide our understanding, Christ establishes his Church, “which serves as the divinely appointed guardian and interpreter of all that has been passed on”. This teaching authority is called the Magisterium. Sri refers to the Magisterium, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition as the three legs of a stool. As each leg is needed for the stool to stand, so too, each part of revelation, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is needed to guide us in coming to know God and to “contribute effectively to the salvation of souls”.

Mary French – 

This particular chapter illustrates how beautiful our faith truly is — expressing in various ways how God seeks us out and cares for our well-being through Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium. There are a few points that Sri made which really stand out for me, personally. First, at the very beginning of the chapter he discusses how God didn’t simply create us and leave us to our own devices but instead God continually seeks us out and has entered our world.

For opponents of the divinity of Christ, Sri’s logic is both simple and irrefutable. “…if there is a God who created the universe, surely he would at least have the ability to enter into the work of his own creation. It would be foolish to say that a builder, for example, would be incapable of entering into the building he himself constructed”. God is omnipotent. With God, all things are possible. So of course, God can do anything, achieve anything, create anything, handle anything … including entering into time to walk within His creation. How can we argue?


A few questions to ponder –

  • Which Bible stories stick in my memory the most? Why do those stories stand out for me?
  • Has the Church taught things that I find hard to accept? What can I do to reach a better understanding of those teachings?
  • Are there any parts of the Bible that make me feel uncomfortable? Why?

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 2 – The Divine Unveiling

  • Sue Callahan

    When referring to “Bible stories” are we speaking of the Old Testament stories or the New Testament Gospels and Letters? As for the old testament we really get bombarded with ‘The Garden of Eden’. For me this story is perplexing after you get past the simplicity of the loneliness of Adam, the gift of Eve and the temptation. My thoughts bring me to the deep love of God and the desire to make his creation as close to his image as possible without reproducing himself. We must learn to accept God’s love even after the banishment, so to speak, of perfection, so we wander around and wonder. Out of God’s love for us he sends us he gift of his Son to teach us and show us how to start the tradition of his church. We need tradition, we need to have a past to carry into the future, as God gave his Son to us, we must traditionally give the gift of his Son to our relatives. The stool must be continually build throughout our traditions so as to spread the love of God. Then the next story, per say, is the Gospel of John, wherein we learn about the Love of God, the Father for he Son and passed on to us – more tradition to pass on through example and prayer, with an end result of knowing and experiencing God in our midst.

    • Deacon Ralph

      You’ll enjoy the next chapter that talks about Creation and the Fall! We are currently presenting the Beloved series and the first session deals with the Creation story and marriage. As you might remember, there are actually two creation stories. They make the point that in the first creation account, you end with two…”male and female He (God) created them”. The second account ends with one…”the two shall become one flesh.” From the beginning we were made for love and our destiny is to enter into the Divine Life…a communion of love.