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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Friday 1st of Advent

Gospel text (Mt 9,27-31): As Jesus moved on from Capernaum, two blind men followed him, shouting, «Son of David, help us!». When he was about to enter the house, the blind men caught up with him, and Jesus said to them, «Do you believe that I am able to do what you want?». They answered, «Yes, sir!». Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, «As you have believed, so let it be». And their eyes were opened (…).

How to interpret the "Bible"? Limits of the "historical-critical" method

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

Today we confirm the profound relationship history-faith typical of Christianity: the miracle made with the two blind men is something historical, but is not only history. For this reason, the historical-critical method is an indispensable tool, but it does not exhaust the interpretative task for someone who sees the biblical writings as a single corpus inspired by God.

It is important to recognize the limits of the historical-critical method itself. 1) By its very nature, it has to leave the biblical word in the past (we can try to find applications for the present, but we cannot make it present) and in its vey precision in interpreting the reality of the past lies both its strength but also its limit. 2) It must treat the biblical words it investigates as human words. 3) The unity of all these writings as one "Bible" is not something it can recognize as an immediate historical datum.

—When reading "Bible", in the words from the past I can discern their meaning for today; a voice greater than man’s: God’s voice which today also calls me.