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Like a Rock in a Torrent – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Like a Rock in a Torrent – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

“Certainly the pressures upon us to conform are colossal, not only from the direct challenge to traditional beliefs and morals, but also – and more – from the insidious and pervasive atmosphere of secularism which even seeps into the church. Many give in, often without realizing what they are doing. But again and again the word of God addresses us, calling us not to be moved. We are not to be like a ‘reed shaken by the wind’, feebly bowing down before it from whatever direction it may blow. Rather, like a rock in a mountain torrent, we are to stand firm.” John Stott, II Timothy, p. 92)

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Guarding the Gospel – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Guarding the Gospel – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Yes, we are to share the gospel, to witness and tell the story. But before we can do that we must guard the story and make sure it is told in our day just as Jesus, himself, told it and lived it…Perhaps this seems so self- evidently true that you wonder what the fuss is about. However, this has been the perennial problem of the church: in every age there have been those who would alter the message in one way or another to make it more attractive or palatable to their generation. So the Gnostics in the second century presented a Christ who was not human at all and Arius in the fourth century offered a Jesus who was not quite God. The church then, and in every age thereafter, has had to fight hard to preserve and protect its great treasure.

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Transformed by the Word – Fifth Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Transformed by the Word – Fifth Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

“The followers of Jesus seem to have discovered, as early as the day of Pentecost, that when they spoke to people about Jesus something happened. It wasn’t just that people were interested, or that they decided either to go along with the message or reject it. It was that the ‘word’ seemed to carry an energy, a power, beyond the mere ‘words’, remarkable though they were in themselves. It was as though when the ‘word’ was spoken, something like a blood transfusion was taking place in some at least of the hearers. They found themselves gripped by it, transformed by it, rinsed out by it, given a new sense of the presence of God. (NT Wright, Early Christian Letters)

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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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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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