Thursday, April 24, 2008

I Didn't Really Plan Today to be "Quote Day"...

...but I'm reading a selection from Jesus of Nazareth for tonight's discussion (we're nearly finished with the book, by the way; next week will be the final discussion) and I had to make note of this powerful passage:

Whenever messianic or other related titles are applied to [Jesus], as for example by the demons he casts out, or by Peter in his confession, he enjoins silence. It is true, of course, that the title Messiah, "King of the Jews," is placed over the Cross - publicly displayed before the whole world. And it is permissible to place it there - in the three languages of the world at that time (cf. Jn 19:19f.) - because now there is no longer any chance of its being misunderstood. The Cross is his throne, and as such it gives the correct interpretation of this title. Regnavit a ligno Deus - God reigns from the wood of the Cross, as the ancient Church sang in celebration of this new kingship.

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