Quote of the day, 22 January: Silvio José Báez, ocd

God is not mute. From all eternity, God has a word that he has desired to speak and communicate. He hasn’t remained silent, enclosed within himself.

Throughout the course of history, that eternal Word has been communicated to us: through creation, through revelation to the people of Israel, and through the cultures of all the peoples. God has always wanted to speak to us: to tell us how much he loves us, to reveal and explain to us his Word and his loving plan for us.

We read in the Gospel that this Word “became flesh” (Jn 1:14). The eternal Word became human, took on substance, and entered history as a human being. 

Jesus of Nazareth is that Word that God has always wanted to speak to us. Jesus, the Word made flesh, incarnates God’s eternal plan; he embodies God’s infinite and gracious love for humanity and for each one of us.

God has not conveyed Himself to us through sublime concepts and doctrines. His Word has been incarnated in the intimate and simple life of Jesus so that even the most ordinary people can understand it.

The entire life of Jesus is the greatest book alive in which we can read the Word of God.

Bishop Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.

Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, 25 December 2019 (excerpts)

Translation from the Spanish text is the blogger’s own work product and may not be reproduced without permission.

Featured image: A Discalced Carmelite nun studies the scriptures in the Maryton Carmelite monastery in Liverpool, England. Image credit: Discalced Carmelites

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