Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 29, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you."
This is a key line in the Gospel for today because it shows us once
again the importance of the Holy Catholic Church. Jesus states
explicitly that the "hoi polloi" are not given the mystery of the
Kingdom of God, that it is reserved for the Apostles alone.
Why should this strike us as important? Because Jesus is stating
explicitly here that people need teachers. He has established a line
of teachers to guide everyone in their understandings of Jesus'
words. When you read Scripture in accord with Church teachings, you
can be certain that you have the guidance not only of the infallible
Holy Spirit, but the teaching Authority granted by Jesus Christ to
What does this mean? The church has dogmatically defined meanings for
very, very few verses of the Bible. But various commissions, papal
documents, and other teaching instruments have spelled out ways in
which it is appropriate to read the Bible and ways in which it is not
Why was Jesus so careful? Because presently there are estimates of over
25,000 different denominations of Protestants that have arisen from
private interpretation of Scripture. While it is good to find a
meaning in Scripture for your present place in life, it is not good
to assume that the meaning is meant for all and sundry. So the gift
Jesus gave us with these words is indeed another of the wonderful and
powerful gifts with which the Church has blessed her children
throughout all ages.
- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (email@example.com)
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