Dei Verbum 24

bible-image.jpgWord plus tradition: a foundation on which to build:

Sacred theology rests on the written word of God, together with sacred tradition, as its primary and perpetual foundation. By scrutinizing in the light of faith all truth stored up in the mystery of Christ, theology is most powerfully strengthened and constantly rejuvenated by that word. For the Sacred Scriptures contain the word of God and since they are inspired really are the word of God; and so the study of the sacred page is, as it were, the soul of sacred theology. (cf. Leo XIII, encyclical “Providentissmus Deus:” EB 114; Benedict XV, encyclical “Spiritus Paraclitus:” EB 483.) By the same word of Scripture the ministry of the word also, that is, pastoral preaching, catechetics and all Christian instruction, in which the liturgical homily must hold the foremost place, is nourished in a healthy way and flourishes in a holy way.

In light of this, I think here’s where post-conciliar neo-conservative apologists wander astray. Not much of what I hear and read is rooted in Scripture. In many ways, modern apologism reflects more of an idealized return to the past, updated with modern technology, not necessarily with a more profound understanding of the Word of God.

Note the “liturgical homily” holds highest place, something I think the pope realizes, but a fact many other preachers have yet to grasp.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Dei Verbum 24

  1. Paul says:

    Thank you for your post. This is what I am using in my homily, in part–
    The Bible is the written word of God, but the [whole] Word of God is Jesus as we pray in the Angelus Prayer: The Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. This is why Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe, as Catechism teaches in no. 108, that the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book”–Jesus never said assemble a book and pass it around. Instead, he established a Church that discern which books comprise Sacred Scripture. Although both Catholics and Protestants have the same 27 books in the New Testament, Protestants have 39 books their Old Testament because they follow the Hebrew canon. Catholics have 46 books in the Old Testament because we follow the Septuagint or Greek version. However, it is important to know that almost all of the New Testament references to the Old Testament are taken from the Septuagint version, so it clearly was the version the first Christians used. Plus, who could have known that 400 years after Martin Luther, many Hebrew copies of Septuagint were found in the Dead Sea scrolls at Qumrun?

  2. Paul says:

    p.s.–the homily I am working on is for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, now dedicated to promoting a love and knowledge of Scripture,….its like our new annual “Bible Sunday” for Catholics.

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