WEEK ONE: The Creed
DAY 2: Trusting God’s Word (Scripture and Tradition)
If someone claims to have authority to perform a very important task, we want to know that we can trust that individual. If someone pounds on your door and says, “Open up! Police!” you certainly want to verify that they have a badge before you let them in. Authority and trust go hand in hand.
When it comes to our faith, the question of authority is crucial. We want and need to know that we can trust those who speak to us about how we are to live our lives in relationship with God and one another. Of course, this trust begins with God. As in any relationship, our trust in God is based on, not only his words, but his actions. Take a look at the following passages that speak of trusting God. Read them slowly and prayerfully and make them your own.
We place our trust in God because God has full authority—God is, after all, the author of life! God, in turn, has given full authority to his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus himself said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18, RSV). Jesus, in turn, gave full authority to Peter and the Apostles when he told Peter that he would build his church upon him and gave him the keys to the kingdom. (Matthew 16:18–19). This means that we are called to place our trust in Church leadership, which speaks and acts with the authority that comes from God through Jesus Christ and the Apostles.
As we look ahead to our Year of Faith, we can be grateful that we have such a reliable source: God himself! We can trust God’s Word and, with knowing that God’s Word can be trusted, we can recommit ourselves to listening to God’s Word in our daily living. Spend some time today being thankful that you can trust God’s Word in Scripture and Tradition.
Reflection Questions: Choose one of the following questions and share your thoughts with your fellow retreatants by adding your comments in the comments box below this post)
- Which Psalm passage above resonates most with your experience and why?
- What is your personal experience with Scripture? How familiar are you with the Bible? What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to deepening your familiarity with the Bible?
- When and why do you turn to the Bible for inspiration and guidance?
- How might you be able to deepen your “relationship” with the Bible during this Year of Faith?
- What advantage does having a Magisterium—an official teaching office— in addition to the Bible, give to the Catholic Church (as opposed to Protestantism which has Scripture only)?
- How trusting are you of the Church’s Magisterium? What has influenced that level of trust for you? What helps that trust? What challenges it?
- How might you be able to deepen your understanding of Church teachings during this Year of Faith? What resources might you look at more closely (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Papal Encyclicals, Documents of the Second Vatican Council, etc.)?
Holy Spirit, guide me to encounter the Living God, revealed in Scripture and Tradition. Help me to receive God’s Word, passed on through this one deposit of faith – Scripture and Tradition – and to be nourished by it so that I, in turn, may pass it along to others.
- Imagine What Isn’t Said
- Scripture and Imagination
- Praying with Scripture
- We Can Trust Our Experience
- Passing On Our Faith
- Tradition in the Catholic Church: Why It’s Still Important
CCC References: 74-141
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I hope you’re enjoying our online summer retreat, Preparing for a Year of Faith! Take a few minutes each day at your convenience to “gather” here on my blog as we seek to add some flavor to our faith lives by deepening our understanding of the truths of our faith as given to us in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.