Conformity with the Catechism
The new Catechism of the Catholic Church (BUY
) presents a vision of Christ as "Lord of the cosmos and of history" (668). This is the emphasis of the two key documents
issued by Pope John Paul II in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000. The vision of the earliest Christian writers was one of Christ as the fulfilment of all creation, predestined before creation. It is the vision of St John and St Paul in four key Scripture texts
In the following passages, it is noticeable how these Scripture texts are referred to especially - "The Logos (Word) through whom all things came to be" (Jn 1:3); "The recapitulation of all things" (Eph 1:9); "All things were created through him" (Col 1;16); "The Son through whom he made all things" (Heb 1:3).
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992, English version 1994) :
Creation is the foundation of all God's saving plans
Creation is the foundation of all God's saving plans, the beginning of the history of salvation that culminates in Christ. Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the mystery of creation and reveals the end for which "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth": from the beginning God envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ. (280)
God created everything by the eternal Word
In the beginning was the Word...all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made" (Jn 1:1). God created everything by the eternal Word, his beloved Son. In him "all things were created, in heaven and on earth...all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Col 1:16-17).
The first creation finds its meaning and its summit in the new creation in Christ
The work of creation culminates in the greater work of redemption. The first creation finds its meaning and its summit in the new creation in Christ, the splendour of which surpasses that of the first creation. (349)
Christ is the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of man's history
From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of Christ's Lordship over the world and over history, has implicitly recognised that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power. The Church believes that the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of man's history is to be found in its Lord and Master. (450)
In him all human history and all creation are transcendently fulfilled
Jesus Christ is Lord: he possesses all power in heaven and on earth. He is "f
ar above all rule and authority and power and dominion", for the Father has "put all things under his feet" (Eph 1:20). Christ is the Lord of the cosmos and of history
. In him all human history and indeed all creation are set forth and transcendently fulfilled. (668)
In the creation of the world and of man, God gave the first and universal witness to his Almighty love and his wisdom, the first proclamation of the plan of his loving goodness' which finds its goal in the new creation in Christ. (315).