“Various Times and Ways”

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14 January 2019

God speaks to us “at various times and ways” (Hebrews 1). That is, God speaks in human language:

“In order to reveal himself to us, in the condescension of his goodness, God speaks to us in human words” (CCC 101).

The bible has a plethora of forms. The Word of God is history, poetry, satire, parody, songs and psalms, metaphor, symbol, etc.

When we read or hear the Word of God proclaimed, we must use our intelligence, our memory, our imagination, to understand these forms, otherwise we won’t get it.

We need faith and reason.


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