But not all the pictures in a family photo album belong on the wall in the front room. Some of them tell a cautionary tale, but one the family can't afford to forget. These are not necessarily the pictures that tell you who the family is today, or who the members were who set the family on its course to the present. But they are part of the family story, even if they serve to highlight the progress the clan has made since the time Uncle Zeke escaped from the County Jail and got his picture in a Most Wanted poster. (No wonder Aunt Zelda ran off with the undertaker.)
That we can laugh about Uncle Zeke's exploits now only shows that we have a different perspective. What brought that about? Not only the passage of time, but a change of outlook.
As Catholics, of course, we don't see the Bible as so many divine words, all cut from the same holy cloth, any more than we treat all the photos in a family album as equally meaningful. The really important word, the one that makes sense of all the others, is Jesus himself. Every word in the Bible points to the Incarnate Word and finds its authentic meaning (its interpretation) in him. So the One Word, Jesus, is the key to all the other words in the Bible.