Revelation

A Living and Effective Word – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Living and Effective Word – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Throughout the ages the Church has affirmed that “Sacred Scripture is the utterance of God put down as it is in writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” (Dei Verbum) That is, the Bible is the written word of God. As such, to read the Scriptures is a dangerous thing for “the word of God is living and effective, sharper than a two edged sword” When we read the Scripture, if we will listen, God speaks. And when God speaks, things happen. It has always been so and will always be so.

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The Name Above All Names – Gospel in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Name Above All Names – Gospel in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

It is here that God’s revelation reaches its pinnacle, expressing most fully His “Essence, and Identity, and Meaning.”…N. T. Wright says that Matthew’s formula on Jesus’ lips (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is like “someone innocently whistling a snatch of a tune that a great composer will later make into the centerpiece of a wonderful oratorio”…but I think it is even more correct to say that it is like a great composer, who has already written a grand oratorio, whistling to us, who could not possibly understand the grandeur and beauty of the whole, the theme tune of the work. Then, step by step, as we grow in our ability to appreciate it, revealing the glory of the whole.

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Who Do You Say He Is? – Gospel for the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul

Who Do You Say He Is? – Gospel for the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul

Why does this matter? Because if it is true (and there is every reason to believe it is) it tells us that the accounts we have of Jesus’ life and teachings in the Gospels are not only trustworthy and authoritative, but that there is also an interpretive tradition by which we have received these accounts and through which we can come to understand them, a tradition that goes back to St. Peter himself.

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Knowing God – Gospel of the Seventh Week of Easter

Knowing God – Gospel of the Seventh Week of Easter

It is in this light that Jesus’ promise that to know God is eternal life begins to come alive. He is not speaking about grasping certain concepts about God in order that one might have eternal life, as if entrance into the beatific vision were dependent upon the amount of knowledge one had about the nature of the Blessed Trinity. Rather, he is speaking about the type of knowledge that can only be found through intimacy and surrender. Such knowledge will necessarily entail growing in our understanding of certain truths about God precisely in the same way that we come to know truths about those whom we love as we love them; but the truths themselves are not the objective. The beloved is our objective. God is our objective.

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Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Just as the blind man only regains his sight in stages, so too, our ability to see and receive Jesus is a process of continually deepening vision and understanding enabled by his touch in our lives. We cannot receive it all at once, but in His Grace He reveals that for which we are ready, constantly guiding us further along on the journey.

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