Last rites declaration of Ioannes Paulus PP. II (Karol Wojtyla)
2nd April 2005
He had only to say that he was the Messiah, if he had been vain; for the
prophecies are clearer about him than about Jesus Christ. And the same with
753. Herod was believed to be the Messiah. He had taken away the sceptre
from Judah but he was not of Judah. This gave rise to a considerable sect.
Curse of the Greeks upon those who count three periods of time.
In what way should the Messiah come, seeing that through Him the sceptre was
to be eternally in Judah and at His coming the sceptre was to be taken away
In order to effect that seeing they should not see, and hearing they should
not understand, nothing could be better done.
754. Homo existens te Deum facit.149
Scriptum est, Dii estis, et non potest solvi Scriptura.150
Haec infirmitas non est ad vitam et est ad mortem.151
Lazarus dormit, et deinde dixit: Lazarus mortuus est.152
755. The apparent discrepancy of the Gospels.
756. What can we have but reverence for a man who foretells plainly things
which come to pass, and who declares his intention both to blind and to
enlighten, and who intersperses obscurities among the clear things which
come to pass?
757. The time of the first advent was foretold; the time of the second is
not so; because the first was to be obscure, and the second is to be
brilliant and so manifest that even His enemies will recognise it. But, as
He was first to come only in obscurity and to be known