Over the next few days we will encounter the Word of God in many ways, I would like you to hear the voice of the Word, to encounter its face, to be at ease with the Word and to proceed forward with that Word in your heart. One of the abhorrent aspects of our modern … Continue reading Jesus The Word of God made Flesh: Envelop and Mirror the Word.
When St. John had completed his supplemental Gospel, he wrote these words: “There are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written’ (John xxi. 25). The Rev. Mr. Beecher has made the following reflection on this saying of the Apostle: ‘These words,’ he says, ‘affect me more profoundly than when I think of the destruction of the Alexandrian Library, or the perishing of Grecian art in Athens or Byzantium. The leaving out of these things from the New Testament, though divinely wise, seems, to my yearning, not so much the un-accomplishment of noble things, as the destruction of great treasures, which had already had oral life, but failed of incarnation in literature.’ This is certainly a most true and natural thought, and may to some extent be shared by all. But a Catholic knows that there are words of Jesus Christ, not written in the New Testament, yet not therefore lost; for they were incarnate in Traditions which subsist to this day, and will subsist while the world lasts.
"And it seems to me that these words become like a mirror to the persons singing them, so that he might perceive himself and the emotions of his soul, and thus affected, he might recite them. For in fact he who hears the one reading receives the song that is recited as being about him, … Continue reading Athanasius to Marcellinus – on the Interpretation of the Psalms