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That they may be one

At the Angelus, Pope Benedict remarked on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (1/18-1/25)

For 2006 the theme was taken from the gospel of Matthew ( “if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”  – Mt 18,19-20). Commenting briefly the Holy Father said that these words imbue “trust” and “hope” , while “urging Christians together to ask God  for that full unity, which Christ Himself  emphasised in his prayer to the Lord during the Last Supper”. Even obstacles and difficulties are useful: “ they push us to exercise patience and perseverance and to grow in fraternal charity.  God is love, and only converting ourselves to Him and by accepting His word will we find ourselves all united in the mystic body of Christ”.

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posted January 22, 2006 at 11:23 am

IMHO, as Catholics we need to know what others say about Scriptural readings and what judgements are made with respect to the historical record of these readings. Matthew 18:19-20, for example, has been judged to be not from the historical Jesus by biblical scholars such as J.D. Crossan. He bases his judgement on the fact that the reading is only found in Matthew’s gospel. ( Two or Three: (1) Gos. Thom. 30 & P. Oxy. 1. 30; (2) Matt 18:20)
I am only too aware of our 2000 years of Tradition but evolution/commentaries continues even in the area of biblical scholarship and we must be knowlegdeable with what has evolved recently. Such commentary is now available for our review at no cost on the global Internet as noted in the above references.
See also for a review of the Jesus Seminar and Luke Johnson’s critique of the group.
As a Catholic and monetary contributor, I am concerned that the Vatican has done little to counter Crossan and the Jesus Seminar commentaries found in their large number of books and publications.

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