Thursday, February 21, 2008

Way back in the epoch of the Church Fathers, there was an erstwhile teacher named Marcion. Marcion LOVED St. Paul. Marcion HATED the Old Testament. So when he put together a volume of the Sacred Scriptures, he made sure to include the Gospel of Luke (so similar in thought to Paul) and the letters of Paul, but to leave out the entire Old Testament, and the Gospel of Matthew which is so patently in line with the Old Testament that you come across a quote from it every chapter or so.
Marcion went so far as to presume that Jesus was an entirely different deity than the Lord of Israel! He must not have noticed a tiny line in today's Gospel (interestingly enough, from Luke): "If they do not believe Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe if someone rises from the dead."
We need the Bible, whole and entire, if we are to really know Jesus and his Gospel. St. Jerome said, "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ."
Poor Marcion really had it all wrong!

Sr. Laura and I are on our way to St. Charles for the weekend. Please pray for us, the many other religious who will be there, and all those kids!


Christian said...

Wonderful Blog :) thankyou may God use all you write to bless many people ;)

Anonymous said...

During this weekend with the teens, may you inspire them or at least Keep them awake.

Gabrielle said...

Yes, we need the Old Testament to see how much it foreshadows the New, and also to see how the Old is fulfilled in the New. Poor fellow (of whom I'd never heard; thank you, Sister!) I hope you had a very successful and inspiring weekend.