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There’s a saying in the study of the Bible that a text without context becomes a pretext.
In other words, if you just pluck some words out of Scripture without understanding or referencing what surrounds them, you can make them mean pretty much whatever it is you want them to mean.
Now those things that surround the text, the context, can mean the words or events described immediately before and after. Context can mean placing a story in relation to other historical events, or in reference to a particular culture.
There is also a context that the hearer brings. The context of today’s parable would have been one thing for those who first heard it, a different context for the Fathers of the Church, yet another for devotional writers of early modern times, and we might hear something entirely different.
HELLO FROM SANTIAGO!
As many of you know, I am in the middle of leading a Pilgrimage through holy sites in France, Spain, and Portugal. We are now is Santiago de Compostela, a bit past the halfway point, and I’ll be home by next weekend.
I had intended to post an update for “virtual pilgrims” more frequently on our website, but was sabotaged by lack of time and energy due to intense travel, slow internet connections in hotels, as well as my own technical inexpertise in managing iPhoto and iMovie – it’s good, but not as intuitive as I would like. Anyway, here’s the first (and probably only) video that I’ll post during the journey. I’ll try to organize and post a running commentary after we get back.
Meanwhile, here’s a video of the Botafumeira (Incense Ceremony) at today’s Mass. Enjoy.
I’m in the process of putting more videos together and posting them on YouTube when I return. Pray that it works. Thanks for your prayers. You are in ours.