The word & the church's memory


When we hear John’s Gospel declare that ‘the Word became flesh and lived among us’ (1:14) we marvel that God’s infinite love has drawn so close to us, taking flesh in the fragility of our human condition, amidst the tumultuous events of human history. We remember not only the Christmas story, but the whole of Jesus’ life: his conception and birth, his infancy and path to manhood, his ministry as an itinerant rabbi, his passion and death which preceded his resurrection and ascension into glory.

At Mass on Sundays, we recite the Creed in which we declare our belief that ‘on the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.’ The Scriptures of the people of Israel provided the framework by which Jesus’ disciples interpreted the Christ-event. These sacred texts were later incorporated into the Church’s biblical canon as the ‘Old Testament’.

Without the Old Testament, the New Testament would be an unintelligible book, a plant deprived of its roots and destined to dry up and wither.’ – Pontifical Biblical Commission (2001)

The disciples’ memories of God’s saving work in Jesus gave rise to the Gospels and other New Testament texts. Both Testaments form a unity in which Christians anchor their faith. The Fathers of the Church continued to reflect on these sacred texts in the light of their faith in the risen Christ.

The Scriptures, interpreted by the Church in the light of the great Tradition, embrace our deepest history and speak to our eternal destiny. Centred on Jesus Christ, we base our lives on the Gospel proclamation that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (cf. Jn 14:6). We live, share and celebrate this revelation, this Gospel, this Good News!