“Search the scriptures, for you think in them to have life everlasting; and the same are they that give testimony of me” (John 5:39).
Written in the presence of our Lord on the Feast Day of St. Bernard.
The Rock is a group of “once saved always saved,” or “faith alone,” or “Easy Button” Christians. They believe in the Bible (the abridged version) and even have many Scripture verses memorized, but of course they don’t have the fullness of the Faith. Knowing Scripture is a great virtue (ask St. Thomas or St. Lawrence Brindisi, they had it memorized), but even the Devil can quote Scripture, and so there seems to be a disconnect. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that, “Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself completely.” It goes on to quote St. Augustine saying:
“You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for he is not subject to time.”
Each word of Sacred Scripture is inspired by and has its meaning in the Word made flesh, who is Jesus Christ. So when Scripture is quoted apart from the Church, and what’s more, in contradiction to Christ (as Satan did when he tempted our Lord), it is no longer living. Just as “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17), so too is Scripture without the Living God. The Rock and other groups sometimes separate themselves from the Life of the Word by interpreting the book according to their time and separating the Word from the Church, which mystically is His Body, and through which His Body is made truly present for the world in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Catechism goes on to say that our spiritual nourishment “is taken from the one table of God’s Word and Christ’s Body.” So, there is a unity in all who abide in the Word and the Body, since it is through the Body that the Word has its voice, the voice that resounds in the mouths of all the saints and sacred writers, singing in one accord to the song of the Catholic Church.
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“And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest? Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him” (Acts of the Apostles 8:30-31).
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