Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Points to Ponder: Salt of the Earth

We return after a brief pause to our consideration of an interview Cdnl. Ratzinger gave to journalist Peter Seewald. This excerpt comes from page 20.

"Whoever can be as small as this child," it says in the New Testament in Matthew, "is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

The theology of littleness is a basic category of Christianity. After all, the tenor of our faith is that God's distinctive greatness is revealed precisely in powerlessness. That in the long run, the strength of history is precisely in those who love, which is to say, in a strength that, properly speaking, cannot be measured according to categories of power. So in order to show who he is, God consciously revealed himself in the powerlessness of Nazareth and olgotha. Thus, it is not the one who can destroy the most who is the most powerful -- in the world, of course, destructive capacity is still the real proof of power--but, on
the contrary, the least power of love is already greater than the greatest power of destruction.

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