Saturday, November 3, 2012
Remembering Dei Verbum
I was reading through St. Paul's letter to St. Timothy when I chanced to read, "Take as your norm the sound words..." (NAB). Another translation reads: "Hold fast the pattern of sound words..."(NKJV). And yet another, "Retain the standard of sound words..." (NASB). St. Paul encouraged the young Timothy to clearly focus on what he had learned from study of Holy Scripture and from the words of Christ that Paul had shared with him.
I thought of the Vatican II Encyclical, “Word Of God” (Dei Verbum), that amazing call by Pope Paul VI to renewed study of Holy Scripture. And so, in my quiet time with the Lord I pondered the gift of Christ, the precious Word of God, and my need to read more of God's Word. The exhortation of St. Paul echoing in the words of Pope Paul VI rang true for me:
But in order to keep the Gospel forever whole and alive within the Church, the Apostles left bishops as their successors, "handing over" to them "the authority to teach in their own place."(3) This sacred tradition, therefore, and Sacred Scripture of both the Old and New Testaments are like a mirror in which the pilgrim Church on earth looks at God, from whom she has received everything, until she is brought finally to see Him as He is, face to face (see 1 John 3:2).