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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 29, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 10:11-18
Psalm 110:1-4
Mark 4:1-20

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 the Church.

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 appropriate.

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 (sriddle415@yahoo.com)


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