Sunday, the 3rd week of Ordinary Time
Sunday 7:pm Mass begins tonight
Remember to sign up to serve supper at the Salvation Army
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Agnes
Readings for today’s Mass
Catholic tradition recognizes a degree of historicity in the Bible. But the use of parable, poetry, allegory and other literary devices suggests that not everything can be read into the historical record. For example, 2 Kgs records Ahaziah become a king when he was 22 years old; in 2 Chron he was 42 years old. Only one can be accurate. So what about biblical inerrancy?
Well, it depends on what you believe the Bible is trying to tell us. From a Catholic perspective, the Bible is not about the people and events written about. If it was, one will find numerous other inconsistencies and contradictions. Jesus’ own words tweaking Old Testament law is an example. Rather, we believe the Bible to be an ongoing revelation of God; literature that tells us of the nature of God and our relationship with God.
Today’s reading from Jonah is a good example of this. While the saga of Jonah is an exciting adventure, it isn’t at all about Jonah and a big fish. It’s about a divine/human interaction telling us about the nature of God. In this case, it tells us that God is loving, forgiving and merciful. On the one hand, God demands fidelity to the covenant and holds us accountable for our choices. On the other hand, God is most willing to have a change of heart when we also have a change of heart. Under the threat of destruction, all of Nineveh repented and God relented. That tells us a great deal about God?
As you read scripture, by all means, enjoy the good storytelling that is there. But more importantly, read for what is revealed about the nature of God; what does it say about our ongoing relationship with God. Don’t let a good story get in the way of the truth - about God.