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Old 19th March 2019, 03:13 PM
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II. The Stages of Revelation

In the beginning God makes himself known

54 "God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. and furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation - he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning."6 He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice.

God creates all things from nothing; therefore, He is the One who sustains (or conserves) all things for if He takes out 'His Hands' out of things (including us), we all go back to nothing.

God provides us with evidence of His existence through creation, through Providence, through signal graces.

God manifested to our first parents, Adam and Eve, to show us that He wants to have a personal relationship with us. He doesn't need us. God doesn't need anything, but He wants to share His Majesty with us out of Love.

55 This revelation was not broken off by our first parents' sin. "After the fall, (God) buoyed them up with the hope of salvation, by promising redemption; and he has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing."7

The Love of God is so great that even though we have failed; He still was able to suffer for our redemption so that we can be co-heirs of His Glory in His Kingdom.

Even when he disobeyed you and lost your friendship you did not abandon him to the power of death. . . Again and again you offered a covenant to man.8

After human failings, God insisted in sharing His glory with us by having covenants with our patriarchs. Despite human failings in braking up with His covenants, God insisted with other covenants. That's the way He did it with Noah, Abraham, Moses (different covenants) until the last and permanent Covenant between Jesus and His Church.

The covenant with Noah

56 After the unity of the human race was shattered by sin God at once sought to save humanity part by part. the covenant with Noah after the flood gives expression to the principle of the divine economy toward the "nations", in other words, towards men grouped "in their lands, each with (its) own language, by their families, in their nations".9

Since the beginning, we were meant to be One Family, but men divided himself because of pride (recall the Tower of Babel). Because of this division, God's family was not Catholic (Universal) anymore so God had to choose, out of the divided people, one group of people, Abraham descendants, the Israelites.

57 This state of division into many nations, each entrusted by divine providence to the guardianship of angels, is at once cosmic, social and religious. It is intended to limit the pride of fallen humanity10 united only in its perverse ambition to forge its own unity as at Babel.11 But, because of sin, both polytheism and the idolatry of the nation and of its rulers constantly threaten this provisional economy with the perversion of paganism.12

Men became polytheists, worshipers of many gods, so God had to choose one group of people in order to instruct them the correct worship to the One trough God, and then arrive at the Universal Church as our relationship with God was meant to be from the beginning. This process was long and patient, like the way a father educates a son through his growing process, from infancy to adulthood.

58 The covenant with Noah remains in force during the times of the Gentiles, until the universal proclamation of the Gospel.13 The Bible venerates several great figures among the Gentiles: Abel the just, the king-priest Melchisedek - a figure of Christ - and the upright "Noah, Daniel, and Job".14 Scripture thus expresses the heights of sanctity that can be reached by those who live according to the covenant of Noah, waiting for Christ to "gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad".15

At the arrival of the Messiah, Jesus, God gathers into one group all His scattered children into one Universal Church.

{28:19} Therefore, go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
{28:20} teaching them to observe all that I have ever commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the age.”

{16:15} And he said to them: “Go forth to the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature.

That's why Jesus' Church is Catholic, for it is the teaching of Jesus Christ to go to the whole world, to preach the Gospel, to every creature. No more divisions or separated groups.
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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