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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Monday 2nd of Advent

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Gospel text (Lk 5,17-26): One day Jesus was teach¬ing and many Pharisees and teachers of the Law had come from every part of Galilee and Judea and even from Jerusalem. They were sitting there while the power of the Lord was at work to heal the sick (…). When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, «My friend, your sins are forgiven». At once the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees began to wonder (…), «who can forgive sins but only God?».

But Jesus knew their thoughts and asked them, «(…) Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven’, or: ‘Get up and walk?’ Now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins». And Jesus said to the paralyzed man, «Get up, take your mat and go home». At once the man stood before them. He took up the mat he had been lying on and went home praising God (…).

The "Bible" is one only book. How was it made?

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we look at a sign (miracle) who invites us to a "rereading" of the Scripture while seeing in Christ its full compliance. The words transmitted in the "Bible" are converted into Scripture through a process of constant rereading: older texts are reappropiated (the miracle that we now contemplate), reinterpreted and read with new eyes.

In the "rereading", in the progressive reading through corrections, in-depth study and tacit breadth of meaning, the formation of the Scripture is configured as a process in which the word gradually unfolds its inner potentialities and wealth, already somehow present like seeds, but needing the challenge of new situations, new experiences and new sufferings, to open up.

—O Jesus, I believe and affirm that you are the Son of God. This act of faith is based upon reason: a historical reason, and so it makes it possible for me to see the internal unity of Scripture and understand anew the individual elements that have shaped it without robbing them of their historical originality.

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