Revelation

 

                                                         

 

Revelation is not a thing of the past or something of the prophets of old. Revelation, the Word of God as revealed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, continues bearing fruits today. Through the Greek and Latin languages we are told that Revelation is a removal of a veil.

 

What better explanation than that! 

 

When we receive Revelation from God, we are enlightened, our blindfolds fall off  and we are able to see and understand. We receive it naturally through our senses working supernaturally with the virtue of faith. Additionally, we experience it as historical events. This is the case of Revelation through the prophets, and even during events like the birth, baptism, transfiguration, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Another example are the ecumenical councils of the Church.  In councils like Nicaea and Vatican II, hundreds of bishops agreed upon official doctrines and pronouncements of faith.  This would have been impossible had the spirit not been present guiding them and giving them a sort-of public Revelation.

 

We experience in Revelation even the titles we attach to Jesus. For instance, the Good Shepherd. An image that can be thought of in many ways. Reflecting on these titles, and Revelation as a whole, we can receive what God desires us to hear from these things that were written so long ago. As post-Vatican II Catholics, we must also embrace the fact that not only Christianity and Judaism have revelation, but as the document from the Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate, tells us other world religions receive pieces of Revelation as well. Ultimately, even though the Christian faith has the fullness of Revelation, we must agree that God is not silent in our time but that God continues to speak to us in myriad of ways.