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Second Sunday of Dinha

The Second Sunday of Epiphany

Basilica Hymn
Then he spoke in signs to his just ones
In the first days
Age unto age tells of your works
From the beginning, God spoke to our fathers in every way and every type through the prophets (Heb 1:1)
In every manner and in every type, you spoke with our fathers from the beginning, O Lord, and you taught them to worship your hidden and secret Nature. In the Last Days, however, through the Headship you assumed from us, you spoke to our race, and through him you made known to us that your glorious Divinity is confessed in three Qnome. To you do all the legions of angels and men, who have been renewed in Christ, lift up glory.

Many Preparations

It is an awful host who invites guests to a banquet unprepared; imagine guests who have spent time and effort readying themselves – scheduling a block of time to be there, picking out clothing, etc. – only to arrive at a dinner where no food is ready, where the room is a mess, where the host shows no concern for his own invitation! No, a decent host would spend hours preparing for his guests, making sure everything was ready in time.

God had spent millennia preparing the world for the coming of his Son; communicating with the people of old who built the tower of Babylon; speaking to Abraham, then to Moses, speaking through all the prophets, year after year, century after century softening the hearts of his people to accept their Messiah, their Savior. It was not a simple process, nor a one-time act, from the side of we creatures, but a prolonged effort, if it can be said, metaphorically, that God expends effort.

The Basilica Hymn for the Second Sunday of Epiphany begins with a quote from the letter to the Hebrews reflecting on this reality of God’s ceaseless preparation and communication with his people before the coming of Christ:

In every manner and in every type, you spoke with our fathers from the beginning, O Lord, and you taught them to worship your hidden and secret Nature.

God’s banquet is not a mere triviality, of course; it has a serious purpose: for man to serve and worship God correctly.

One Way

But this manifold communication of God in times past is just that – past. Now, instead of partial words uttered here and there for this particular time or that, he has spoken his final Word, who is Jesus Christ. After Christ, the Incarnation of the Word, God has nothing more to say.

The greatest marvel, however, is not that God can fully express himself in one Word (his perfect Divine Simplicity implies that), but rather that this Word became expressed in our very own human flesh. It was through the man Jesus Christ that the Word was made perfectly manifest, and through the Word, the whole Trinitarian Glory of the Godhead:

In the Last Days, however, through the Headship you assumed from us, you spoke to our race, and through him you made known to us that your glorious Divinity is confessed in three Qnome. To you do all the legions of angels and men, who have been renewed in Christ, lift up glory.