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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday 1st of Advent

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Gospel text (Mt 9,35-10,1.6-8): Jesus went around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and he cured every sickness and disease (…). Then he called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over the unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness (…).

How to interpret the "Bible"? The "canonical" exegesis method

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

Today, we contemplate in Christ the arrival of a "Divine Gale". History and faith: Jesus spoke, and with faith, we assume that it is the "Word of God" (they are not merely human words, as things of the past). Indeed, the writers of the New Testament (and the very Christ himself) in their explanations constantly cite passages from the Old Testament. They do it because the various parts of the "Bible" are "inter-connected", by forming a single book: what it was formerly written, with successive in-depth studies, it becomes contemporary.

The interpretation of the Holy Scripture demands to go beyond a merely historical and rational reading. It is needed to read the individual texts of the "Bible" in the context of the whole (avoiding to read them separately). This is the interpretation of the "canonical" exegesis. The Second Vatican Council asserts that it must be taken into account the living tradition of the whole Church and of the analogy of faith (the intrinsic correspondences of the faith).

—O Lord, help me to assume the Scriptures in the same spirit that has been inspired by you.

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