Year end Te Deum and Benedict is “on time”

During the annual Vespers of Thanksgiving and singing of the Te Deum the Holy Father in Rome gave a wonderful reflection on time. I had the chance to read it ahead of time but couldn’t post until now.

First, he constrasts the different secular traditions people have for the end of the year with the way Christians should understand the moment. Benedict emphasized seeing this time of year with a Marian view, who gazes at the Christ Child.

Benedict also speaks of the "fulness" of time. This is interesting.

Two different evaluations of the dimension of time thus contrast each other, one qualitative and one quantitative. On the one hand, there is there is the solar cycle with its rhythms; on the other, that which St. Paul calls the "fullness of time" (Gal 4:4), namely, the culminating moment of the history of the universe and of the human race, when the Son of God was born into the world. The time of promises was fulfilled and, when the pregnancy of Mary had reached its end, "the earth has yielded its increase" (Ps 66 [67]:7) as a psalm says. The coming of the Messiah, foretold by the Prophets, is qualitatively the most important event in all of history, to which it confers its own final and ultimate meaning. Historical-political coordinates do not condition God’s choices, but, on the contrary, it is the event of the Incarnation that "fills up" the worth and meaning of history.

The Holy Father then returns to his Marian reflection, speaking to how Christ was born of God and also born of Mary, so that He would have a fully human nature through which He would save us.

At the end of the Ave Maria we ask Mary to pray for us sinners. At the end of the year, the Pope reminds us to invoke Mary’s help for the world.

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  1. WRiley says:

    Happy New Year Father Z!

  2. WRiley: Thanks! And Happy New Year to you! I would tell you what I ate tonight, but people would again freak out and send hate mail. Suffice to say that we have rung the old year out properly. I hope you are celebrating properly. o{]:¬)

  3. Argent says:

    Happy New Year, Father Z! I’m glad that you could eat. We have the stomach ‘flu here in my house…so all thoughts of food are unwelcome.

  4. ARgent: I hope you will all soon be feeling much better.

  5. Father: Rejoice when people persecute you.

    This is my way of saying don’t let the “haters” stop you from posting what you dang well please.

    Besides, I enjoy living the good life with you via your meals.

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