On Monday, May 16th, 2011 I had the privilege of teaching at the very first catechetical session for Our Lady of Good Counsel's 'Lifelong Faith Formation' program. The mission of the program is to provide the adults of our Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish with a review of the fundamentals of Catholic Faith.
In this lecture I covered an Introduction to Scripture. Of course, when discussing Scripture as a mode by which we receive God's Word its essential to not only understand Scripture and Sacred Tradition as the Word of God (cf. 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Thess 2:13; 1 Pt 1:25; CCC 97), but Christ Himself as the Word of God made flesh. (Jn 1:1,14) This understanding helps us realize that we, as Catholics, have the amazing blessing of having a intimate relationship with the Word of God each time we receive Him body, blood, soul, and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament!
With that proper context we can start to identify some of it's most essential attributes such as its Divine Inspiration and its complete inerrancy. In this introduction we also identify the role that the Catholic Church in putting the canon of Scripture together and also its vital role as the sole authoritative interpreter of the Word of God (Dei Verbum 10)
CCC 151, 97, 81, 105, Dei Verbum, Providentissimus Deus
Jn 1:1, 14; 1 Pt 1:25; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Luke 10:16; 2 Pet 1:20; 2 Pet 3:15-17
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image from the 'Public domain' via wikimedia commons. Jesus Christ - detil from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul