quod pro nobis traditum est

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Meme

Pastor Weedon tagged me.

The rules are:

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

The nearest book: The Motherhood of the Church by Henri de Lubac.

Page 123 has only 2 full sentences so after moving to the next page and reading through sentences 3-5, here, for the posting, are sentences 6-8 (pages 124-5):

"Just like juridicial organization, theological reflection is always only subsequent to the unfailing instinct that guides the tradition of the Church, and makes her discern, with eyes fixed on Jesus, what best agrees with the spirit of the New Covenant. But even if theological reflection invents nothing, it can bring to light and justify some of the motivations behind the practice. Another of our contemporaries, Heinrich Schlier, who is not only an exegete of the first order, but also a profound Christian thinker, comes to the same conclusion by a slightly different route: 'The controversy about ministry in the Church has not ceased, and it can no longer be said that its end is in sight . . .'"

5 people tagged:
Pr. Asburry, Pr. Beane, Fr. Chadius, Rev. Harju, Dcn. Muehlenbruch

(There are many others to tag, but these are the rules.)

Matthew 4

This week I had the unique experience of covering the whole chapter of Matthew 4. On Monday evening I guest preached at a congregation using the 3-Year Lectionary text of Matthew 4:12-25 (Epiphany 3 A). On Tuesday morning I took part in a group study of Matthew 4:1-11 (Lent I, both 3-Year A and Historic Lectionary). These unique circumstances in the same week brought together both lectionaries for an opportunity to read through the whole chapter.

Matthew 4 is also in a unique position. Placed between the baptism of the Lord (3) and Jesus' teaching on the mount (5-7), Jesus is tempted in the wilderness (4:1-11) begins to preach, calls the first disciples and heals the sick and demon-possessed (4:12-25). When John is put in prison, the message doesn't change. The Lord preaches repentance and the nearness of the kingdom of heaven.

The is the same Gospel that Peter, Andrew, James, John and the other Apostles will continue to preach as the Church takes shape. Matthew 4 reminds us that man continues to live "by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (4:4)

Thursday, January 24, 2008