In reality, in the mystery of Christ crucified and risen, fulfilment is brought about in a manner unforeseen

In reality, in the mystery of Christ crucified and risen, fulfilment is brought about in a manner unforeseen

The notion of fulfilment is an extremely complex one, 42 one that could easily be distorted if there is a unilateral insistence either on continuity or discontinuity. It includes transcendence. 43 Jesus is not confined to playing an already fixed role – that of Messiah – but he confers, on the notions of Messiah and salvation, a fullness which could not have been imagined in advance; he fills them with a new reality; one can even speak in this connection of a “new creation”. 44 It would be wrong to consider the prophecies of the Old Testament as some kind of photographic anticipations of future events. Continue reading “In reality, in the mystery of Christ crucified and risen, fulfilment is brought about in a manner unforeseen”