Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online in pdf format here. Read ahead or back, as you wish.
We finish up our jolt of reality (paragraphs 19-22) with a thought from the final book of the Bible, looking to a time when the obstacles of life may lift:
22. In this brief review, we can see that the word of God is not a series of abstract ideas but rather a source of comfort and companionship for every family that experiences difficulties or suffering. For it shows them the goal of their journey, when God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more” (Rev 21:4).
The key point here is that Pope Francis does not see the Scriptures as a burden for the Christian life–quite the opposite. My sense is that many believers see it as a rule book. And it is that, but not only that. The serious believer will look for that comfort and accompaniment, expect to find it. And even demand it of God.
Perhaps it is a radical thought to set aside Matthew 19 or Mark 10 and look to passages that provide real hope for the journey.
Yes the Faithful would agree! The Word, the great gift Jesus affords us is the only “rule book” we need.
And yet in a world where most people abhor rules, prefer to ignore or denounce rules and choose to “march to the muted beat of the drumming of their own hardened hearts–your point is lost. I speak to this in my blog post: What Is In A Name…Babies, Baptism and The Saints. Read it at http://www.letitallstarthere.com