The Incarnation is a making new, a restoration, of all the universe’s forces and powers; Christ is the Instrument, the Center, the End, of the whole of animate and material creation; through Him, everything is created, sanctified and vivified. This is the constant and general teaching of St. John and St. Paul (that most “cosmic” of sacred writers), and it has passed into the most solemn formulas of the Liturgy: and yet we repeat it, and generations to come will go on repeating it, without ever being able to grasp or appreciate its profound and mysterious significance, bound up as it is with understanding of the universe.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Future of Man (Kindle Locations 4692-4696).
What a quote! One of the saddest travesties of our church is that we don’t “appreciate its profound and mysterious significance” because we repeat and repeat without opening our hearts and minds to the incredible truth that lies within the powerful words. I am so grateful that the Lord is kind and merciful and compassionate for we are given the gift of grace and yet never discover what it means. Thank you for this post.