How many times can I say this before I start to bore myself? Scripture can be a fabulous conversation starter, but it should never be used as an argument settler. Sadly, though, many people seem unable to keep themselves from turning to the Bible when they need evidence to pile up in support of some point or another they’re wishing to advance. It’s as if they imagine God gave them the sacred texts to use as weapons whenever they get into a heated discussion!
A prodigious knowledge of the Bible would be very cold comfort to the one whose knowledge of God is sparse; and it’s knowledge of God that leads us to joy. A knowledge of scripture, without the blessing of faith, can only win us excellent grades in Religion class – and the right to look down on those whose marks aren’t as high.
And what sad recompense that would be!
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.