Questions for Reflection

  1. Read chapter 2, article 2: Transmission of Divine Revelation
    1. What is the Apostolic Tradition?
    2. How are Tradition and the Scriptures related?
    3. What is the Magisterium of the Church?

What is the full and definitive stage of God’s Revelation?

The full and definitive stage of God’s revelation is accomplished in his Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, the mediator and fullness of Revelation. He, being the only-begotten Son of God made man, is the perfect and definitive Word of the Father. In the sending of the Son and the gift of the Spirit, Revelation is now fully complete, although the faith of the Church must gradually grasp its full significance over the course of centuries.

“In giving us his Son, his only and definitive Word, God spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word, and he has no more to say.” (Saint John of the Cross)

¿Cuál es la plena y definitiva etapa de la Revelación de Dios?

“La plena y definitiva etapa de la Revelación de Dios es la que Él mismo llevó a cabo en su Verbo encarnado, Jesucristo, mediador y plenitud de la Revelación. En cuanto Hijo Unigénito de Dios hecho hombre, Él es la Palabra perfecta y definitiva del Padre. Con la venida del Hijo y el don del Espíritu, la Revelación ya se ha cumplido plenamente, aunque la fe de la Iglesia deberá comprender gradualmente todo su alcance a lo largo de los siglos.

«Porque en darnos, como nos dio a su Hijo, que es una Palabra suya, que no tiene otra, todo nos lo habló junto y de una vez en esta sola Palabra, y no tiene más que hablar» “(San Juan de la Cruz) (Comp. CIC n. 9)

Readings: Third Sunday of Advent

Reading I: Zep 3:14-18a 

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.

Responsorial Psalm: Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6. 

  1. (6)  Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
    God indeed is my savior;
     I am confident and unafraid.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
     and he has been my savior.
    With joy you will draw water
        at the fountain of salvation.
    R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
    Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
        among the nations make known his deeds,
    proclaim how exalted is his name.
    R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
    Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
        let this be known throughout all the earth.
    Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
        for great in your midst
        is the Holy One of Israel!

    R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

Reading II: Phil 4:4-7 

Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding  will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia: Is 61:1 (cited in Lk 4:18) 

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to bring glad tidings to the poor.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Lk 3:10-18 

The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”

Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn,  but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.