In our chapter we learn about Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. Together they present to us one faith, leading to a knowledge of God, the reason for our hope, and both source and goal of our mission in the world. This is a lesson I especially appreciate. I grew up with a love for Jesus and Scripture but eventually, having experienced a variety of protestant traditions, it was the unity of faith and teaching authority that drew me into the Church. I found it a great gift and answer to one of my favorite passages, John 17. Which just happened to be what our Holy Father taught about at his general audience yesterday!
An excerpt from the Vatican News Service summary: “…By this priestly prayer Jesus establishes the Church, “which is nothing other than the community of disciples who, through their faith in Christ as the One sent by the Father, receive His unity and are involved in Jesus’ mission to save the world by leading it to a knowledge of God”. Benedict XVI invited the faithful to read and meditate upon Jesus priestly prayer, and to pray to God themselves, asking Him “to help us enter fully into the plan He has for each of us. Let us ask Him to consecrate us to Himself, that we may belong to Him and show increasing love for others, both near and far. Let us ask Him to help us open our prayers to the world, not limiting them to requests for help in our own problems, but remembering our fellow man before the Lord and learning the beauty of interceding for others. Let us ask Him for the gift of visible unity among all those who believe in Christ, … that we may be ready to respond to anyone who asks us about the reasons for our hope”.”
Have you ever thought of the teaching authority of the church as a gift ? (Laurie Edwards)