Thought of the day
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

“The seed is the word of God”

The origins of Scripture are not to be found through human research but in the divine revelation coming from the “Father of lights”, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Jas 1,17; Eph 3,15). From him, through his Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is poured out on us. Faith has been given to us through the Holy Spirit, sharing and distributing his gifts to each of us according to his will (Heb 2,4), and “through faith Christ dwells in our hearts” (Eph 3,17). From this knowledge of Jesus Christ flows, as from its source, both strength and understanding of the whole of holy Scripture. It is impossible, therefore, to enter into a knowledge of Scripture without first of all possessing an infused faith in Christ as the light, doorway and foundation of all Scripture…

The end, or fruit, of holy Scripture is not without purpose; it is the fullness of life eternal. For in Scripture are to be found “the words of eternal life” (Jn 6,68). It has been written, therefore, not only that we might believe in but that we might also possess the eternal life in which we shall see and love and our desires will be wholly satisfied. Then, when our desires have been satisfied, we shall truly know “the love that surpasses knowledge” and so we shall be “filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph 3,19). It is to this fullness that Scripture tries to introduce us and so it is to this end, with this intention, that Scripture ought to be studied, taught and understood.