Here are a few essays of mine on the relationship between theologians and the teaching office of the Church.
November 20, 2012
November 4, 2012
31st Sunday of the Year – November 4, 2012 – St. John’s
The question the scribe addressed to Jesus in today’s Gospel came from a quite precise context, rabbinic disputes about which of the over six hundred commands in the Mosaic Law deserved first place, as being both most important and primary because all the others could be derived from it. The question was religiously important because one’s relationship with God was only considered right if one faithfully obeyed his law in all its force and in all its detail.
The scribe who asked the question did not expect the revelation of a new law and he did not receive one. Jesus simply quoted the Law itself and assigned priority to the commands to love God above all and one’s neighbour as oneself. (more…)