Posted by: livingscripture | October 16, 2014

Twenty-eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Woe to you, scholars of the law!  You have taken away the key of knowledge.  You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”

 (Luke 11, 52)      

How should we live this Word JC King

‘The key of knowledge’ is a very strong metaphor used by Jesus.  ‘Knowledge’ is not a small thing, above all in things regarding God and His rapport with us.  The key needs a keyhole that is not rusted into which the key fits easily.

We can understand the metaphor in this way.  The subject of God and all that regards Him is strictly in function of His identity as Love.  It is evident that the key of knowledge of God, of His attributes, of His justice, and His infinite mercy belongs only to those who know how to love; to those who exercise their capacity to know only in function of the love that comes from God and leads to God.

This is not the moment to involve ourselves in distinguishing rational and scientific knowledge that progresses continually today.  We rejoice in this and are happy to use its consequences for the good of all.  However, in the depths of our heart we yearn for the knowledge of God that Bible reading, guided by the Church, can give us if we are furnished with this key of which Jesus speaks.  It is not an iron key but a key of humble, patient love.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall ask Jesus for this Key that opens me to a deeper knowledge of Him and His Word. 

Lord Jesus, grant me a simple heart that assiduously seeks Your truth, a seeking that is filled with humility, perseverance, and ardent love.

The voice of Bruno Forte, Archbishop and Bible Scholar 

The Church is not born from a convergence of human interests or from the zeal of a generous heart.  It is a gift from on high, the fruit of divine initiative.  To say that the Church is the people of God is not just an expression for me, an abstract definition.  It is the humble confession that it is she who made me meet the living God, origin, meaning, and country of my life.

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