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Informative bulletin of the Paphos Latin Parish
February 2017 / 1
A Light to the Nations
The Christian faith is ecumenical and universal, i.e. it is destined for all the nations, inviting all the peoples under the sun into its light.
The light which bathes the Church is the Triune God Himself. Christ has said: “I am the light of the world”.
By its very nature the light is never limited to a certain area, but it reaches out to all directions.
“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people” With these words the elder Symeon welcomes the Babe Jesus into the Temple, when his Mother and the just Joseph bring him there, in order to dedicate him to God, according to the Law of Moses.
Coming into contact with the Babe Jesus, elder Symeon feels that at long last his life has found its fulfillment and his most ardent desires have been realized. (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 2/2)
Indeed, when faith illumines us our life finds its fulfillment and its deepest meaning. We begin to view the world around us and the world within us under a different angle, under “the gaze of God”.
We begin to recognize his unfailing love which surrounds us always and everywhere, and to discover in the various events in our own life as well as in the wider world, the thread which connects all and Him who holds all and keeps all in his hand, as it were. For You are the fountain of life: in your light we see light, as the Psalmist says (Psalm 36, 10).
In the same way, the message of the Gospel is addressed to all; it penetrates into every expression of human life, personal and social. The Word of God remains actual for every person and every social group, however small or large it may be. It is the light and the food of the faithful; it is the hope of all sincere seekers of the Truth; it is the splendid road leading to unending life.
The Presentation to the Temple is the meeting of Christ with His people and the recognition by the latter of the salvation He brings to those who persevere and let themselves be led by the Holy Spirit. (Lk. 2, 25).
Christ left us His Church: there we hear His authentic voice, there we listen to the Holy Spirit who leads us to all truth.
Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches unto the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; your judgments are a great deep: O Lord, you preserve man and beast.
How excellent is your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasures; for with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.
(From Psalm 36)
The Way of the Church
The universality of Faith embraces the whole world and offers a doctrine regarding man and divine grace which holds true at all times and everywhere.
John-Paul II always insisted that “despite all the evil and the sinfulness in humankind, the Church trust humanity”.
This trust is based on the fact that Creation is the work of an all-loving, kind God, giver of every grace.
Christ, by His Incarnation got linked and united to every single human being and offers salvation to all.
The Holy Spirit, ceaselessly, works on every heart of good will.
The holy Pontiff emphasized the following truth: “The human being is the Way of the Church”!
From the very beginning, the Church’s social teaching has been founded on the care and responsibility of every person towards every other.
Neither the “neighbour” nor the one who helps him are abstract notions, but rather concrete human persons to whom the Church entrusts her work of social justice and peace.
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