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stood and believed rather than a life to be lived. To be sure, God's revelation is nQt meant to be a cold., rational series of abstract truths. It is fundamentally the self-disclosure of God's intimacy. More than by words, God speaks to us through his living and loving deeds, which culminate in the Word-made-flesh for us and for our salvation, and finalized in the Christian community, the Church, the great sign of God's presence amongst men. REVELATION AS AN "EVENT"

It is against this background that Christian revelation has come to be understood as "event" or "action," specifically, of course, of God revealing. What was this event? It was simply (and mysteriously) God's founding or bringing-to-be of the Church. The Scriptures, both of the Old and New Testaments, record this event, this action, of the coming-to-be of the Church. It is within this precise framework that theology can speak of the cessation of revelation with the death of the last apostle, for it was at that time that the Church was finally, firmly, and fully established. Revelation, then, must be understood as God's free action amongst men, culminating in the mystery of Christ and the founding of the Church in the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier. God's ultimate revelation of himself as-he-is, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a community of love, is seen in the Church, the Christian community, whose unity is guaranteed primarily and essentially by love, trinitarian love, in which all Christians participate, and because of which the Church becomes the "great sacrament" (Comtitution on the Liturgy, 5), the final and full sign of God's presence among men. It is evident from this that man's response is not simply one of mind, of intelligence and understanding, but a personal response. It is the response of the entire person to the trinitarian life of love in the Christian community. Christianity in its ultimate analysis, therefore, is a Person, indeed three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And we do not enter into contact with persons through words or discourse alone, but by a phenomenon of communion. The people in communion with God,