YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK OF EASTER
HOMILY THEME: SCRIPTURES IS ENOUGH
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Jn. 21:20-25) Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
In today’s Gospel Jesus expressed His love for the “disciple” who is know to be the Gospel writer, St. John, the Evangelist. John gave a very important ending in his Gospel. He correctly said that the world could not contain all the books that could be written about the life and ministry of Jesus. It follows that not everything Jesus said and did were written. It is very logical because the years of ministry of Jesus and other relevant parts of His life were just too much to be written. Thus, we believe that what were written whether in the Gospels, Letters, or books, were complete and full as far as the necessary messages for salvation were concerned. In other words, Scriptures is enough.
Born again Christians would always refer to the bible as if everything is there in terms of everything Jesus said and did. The bible is just one book. Surely, it could not contain everything. Catholics interpret it in another way. The bible is complete in the sense that they contain all the messages we need in order to be saved. St. John aptly made that comment in the last part of his Gospel to drive home the point. What they saw, heard, and felt when they were with Jesus for three years were not all recorded. But what they recorded represent each and every message of Jesus.
We should not read the bible like history, a novel, or a news account. Though it has some history and accounts like a news or a novel, it is mainly a religious message. By being so, it is not concerned with sequence, form, even grammar. All it is concerned of is to reveal the message of Jesus in the way it can be best understood and interpreted. If it has literal errors, it does not affect its truth. We believe it is inspired by the Spirit and therefore, inerrant.