Mk 9:47 – 48
… the worm which eats them there never dies, the fire is never quenched. Fire will be every man’s seasoning; every victim must be seasoned with salt.
In Sacred Scripture, God speaks to man in a human way. To interpret Scripture correctly, the reader must be attentive to what the human authors truly wanted to affirm, and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words.
In order to discover the sacred authors’ intention, the reader must take into account the conditions of their time and culture, the literary genres in use at that time, and the modes of feeling, speaking and narrating then current. “For the fact is that truth is differently presented and expressed in the various types of historical writing, in prophetical and poetical texts, and in other forms of literary expression.”
But since Sacred Scripture is inspired, there is another and no less important principle of correct interpretation, without which Scripture would remain a dead letter. “Sacred Scripture must be read and interpreted in the light of the same Spirit by whom it was written.”
In Conversation with God:
Everything else has to be subjected to that one supreme objective in our life – possessing God…
If our struggle is generous, if our goal in life is clear in our sight, we will decisive not to say ruthless, in striving to correct… situations so that they cease to be obstacles and are turned into advantages. This is what Our Lord often did with his Apostles. From Peter’s hot-headed impetuosity He formed solid rock on which He would build his Church. From the vehement impatience of John and James (whom He dubbed sons of thunder) He fashioned the apostolic zeal of untiring preachers. From Thomas’s skepticism he moulded a strikingly articulate testimony to his divinity. What has previously been a crippling liability becomes a powerful asset…
… hold me in Your arms, never let me go, i want to spend eternity with You… Your love is all i need… You’re all i need…