Message of the Week

Reflections from the January 24 Gospel

Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

The passage from St. Luke’s Gospel today helps us understand the relationship between sacred tradition and sacred Scripture. As Catholics, we believe that the Bible is an essential part of divine revelation that goes hand in hand with the teachings that were established by Jesus and passed on by his apostles. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the church “does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence” (#82). Here, Luke emphasizes that what he writes is a confirmation of what was already being taught. This fact should help us appreciate the gift of the Bible. Although the Bible is not the only source of revelation, it does help us to have what Luke calls “certainty” regarding our faith. We do hear Bible readings at Mass, but we would do well to read the Bible on our own as well. Let us not miss the opportunity to hear God’s word speaking to us every day.

Questions of the Week

Gospel Reading: What do you find interesting about Luke’s prologue?

Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10: How well-received is the study of Scripture in your faith community?

1 Corinthians 12:12-30: What do you find compelling in Paul’s discussion of “many parts” but “one body?”