Keeping the Faith Delivered to the Saints (Tues. March 9)

The word of the day is “delivered.”  Nowadays, the new takes precedence over the old.  Most advertising claims that its products are “new,” “improved,” and “changed” for the better.  Much scholarship also offers what is novel.  It presumes that new discoveries, approaches, methods, and technologies will advance human knowledge and improve living standards.  In theology, also, the quest to keep up with contemporary trends drives scholarly investigation.  At all costs, researchers and writers strive to avoid the fearful judgment that their work is irrelevant and out of touch with today’s world. Yet today, in our reading of Jude 1:1-10, we hear a warning against novelty in the teaching and understanding of the faith.  The apostle writes, “I found it necessary…

The Profitable Benefits of Scripture (Tues. Dec. 15)

The word of the day is “Scripture.”   In our reading of 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4, St. Paul declares that the Scriptures are effective for instructing the faithful.  He states, “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,  and for instruction in righteousness” (vs. 16). Paul’s execution is in sight.  He says, “The time for my departure is at hand” (vs. 4:6). Knowing this, in 2 Timothy, Paul passes on the mantle of his authority to the young Bishop Timothy. As he transfers his apostolic ministry to Timothy, Paul foresees the primary challenge that the young preacher and pastor will face.  He says, “the time will come when many will have “itching…