Dear Parish Family:
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, we hear Our Lord say, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”
For three years, Christ travelled and taught. He preached throughout the Holy Land. The Gospels record some of what Christ said and taught, but do they record all of it? Clearly they do not. In his Gospel, the Beloved Disciple tells us that if all of the things Christ said and did were written down, all of the books in the world could not contain it. Does this mean that there are teachings of Christ that are lost to us?
God forbid! In the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, we enjoy the many fruits of Sacred Scripture. But we also enjoy Sacred Tradition; we know there are many teachings of Our Lord that are passed on to us through tradition, just as they were passed on to everyone in the early Church before the New Testament took written form. In fact, all of the writings of the New Testament come out of Sacred Tradition, so in a very real way our venerable Tradition in the Catholic Church is larger than Sacred Scripture because it contains all of Scripture and more as well.
The joy of being a Catholic is being in communion with the one Church that enjoys the fullness of Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. Nothing is left out or laid aside. We have everything that God intends for us to have.