Today’s Gospel & Sola Scriptura

One of the advantages of daily mass in addition to daily Eucharist is daily scripture.

For those not acquainted with the Catholic Mass, a regular Sunday or Saturday vigil mass includes a first reading (usually old testament), a psalm, a 2nd reading (usually an epistle) and then a Gospel reading. These reading rotate on a 3 year cycle (year A-B-C, this is year A)

Unless there is a feast day the daily mass omits the 2nd reading.

During the Easter Season this shifts slightly the first reading tends to come from the Acts of the Apostle while the Gospel Reading tends to be from John.

This morning was the last low mass of the Easter season and the Gospel reading for today was the conclusion of the Gospel according to John Capt 21 Verses 20-24

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? 12 What concern is it of yours? You follow me.”

So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? (What concern is it of yours?)” It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, 14 and we know that his testimony is true.

There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.

It is a significant passage, particularly that last line which often gets short shift. Here John asserts that Jesus did many other things that he did include in this Gospel.

Sacred scripture does not record what these events are, but records that these unwritten events took place. The fact that the apostle makes it a point to mention them suggests these things were of some significance.

While John did not record them obviously he knew about them, and it is reasonable to assume that twelve did as well. After all they traveled and lived with Jesus through his ministry. It is also a reasonable to infer that those teachings and events, such as Veronica wiping the face of Jesus as seen here in a clip from the Passion of the Christ…

…while not written in scripture would have been passed down to their own disciples, who would have passed them down to their disciples’ disciples as well.

And it is here once again that Sola Scripture fails.

The Catholic Church is built upon both Scripture (which is of paramount importance) but also on the traditions handed down from the disciples to their disciples. A straight line traced from Francis back all the way to Peter in Rome and before.

Yet for those whose houses are built on Sola Scriptuora those events are lost forever and must even be denied to justify the rejection of nearly 20 centuries of doctrine by their founders 500 years ago.

It’s a sad thing to comprehend such a loss.