The Origin and Nature of Holy Tradition (Sun. Oct. 30)

The word of the day is “revelation.”  In today’s reading of Galatians 1:11-19, St. Paul defends His Gospel message, “But I make known to you, brethren that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.  For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ (vs. 11-12).  These words refer to the origin of Holy Tradition as The Orthodox Study Bible notes, “Apostolic tradition is grounded in divine revelation from Jesus Christ” (OSB fn. on 1:11,12). But what was the revelation?  It was not a bound book drifting down from heaven or a discourse dictated by an angel.  According to 2 Peter, “we [the apostles] did not follow cunningly…

Holy Tradition Delivered (Sun. Sept. 4)

The word of the day is “delivered.” In our reading of 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, St. Paul speaks about the core of the Gospel that he proclaimed at Corinth. He writes, “…I delivered to you…that which I also received…” (vs. 3). Twice in his letters to the congregation, he emphasizes that what he shared with the church did not come from him. Rather, he delivered what he first received. The first time the Apostle does so is when he recounted the Lord’s words that instituted the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist. He writes, “For I received from the Lord that which I delivered to you. That the Lord Jesus that on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread…” (1 Cor. 11:23). The second time was when he…

Don’t Let Religious Imposters Fool You (Sun., Feb. 21)

The word of the day is “imposter.”  From his earliest letters onward, Paul had to include a warning against interlopers who would lead the faithful astray.  In our reading of 2 Timothy 3:10-15, Paul cautions his apprentice Timothy that these pretenders are bound to increase.  He writes, “But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (vs. 13).  In today’s study, we learn how to identify these charlatans and to guard against their deception. False Christs and False Prophets Will Keep Appearing The Lord warned that “false Christ’s” and “false prophets” would appear and attempt to lead many astray (Matthew 24:24).  His warning has applied to the Church throughout the ages.  They have ranged from…

The Origin and Nature of Holy Tradition (Sun. Oct. 25)

The Word of the Day is “revelation.”  In our reading of Galatians 1:11-19 today, St. Paul defends His Gospel message, “But I make known to you, brethren that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ (vs. 11-12).  These words refer to the origin of Holy Tradition as The Orthodox Study Bible notes, “Apostolic tradition is grounded in divine revelation from Jesus Christ” (OSB fn. on 1:11,12). But what was the revelation?  It was not a bound book drifting down from heaven or a discourse dictated by an angel.  According to 2 Peter, “we [the apostles] did not follow…