My wife and I have been watching the series, Catholicism, by Fr Barron, now Bishop Barron, on DVD. I have to say that it is brilliant, well produced and well worth watching if you get a chance to do so. For me, the best episode yet has been the one on the Eucharist (series 7). Barron gives a great teaching on all the different parts of the Mass.
I have been reflecting on something this past while. In short what I have realized is this: that if a person genuinely believes that there is a God and is willing to be taught about that God, then starting from the beginning and reading right through the teaching of the Catholic Church from the ‘Plan of Salvation’ to the life of Jesus and on through to the development of doctrine from the basis laid down in the bible, the teaching of the Church cannot be argued with. Over 2000 years the Church has developed and laid down a completely rounded and full set of teachings that cover every part of our lives.
Take, for example, the writing of John Paul II on the Theology of the Body. If we begin from the fact that there is a God and that this God loves us and wants us to be happy, then the teaching of John Paul makes sublime sense and is full of heavenly wisdom. If, on the other hand, we begin with the idea that there is no God, then the teaching is nonsense.
It is the same when we come to readings like today’s (1 Timothy 6:2-12) or any other day. Start of from the premise that Jesus is who he says he is, the Son of God, the saviour of the world, and the whole story makes perfect sense. Start off from the premise, “Jesus is just another teacher, a holy man but not God,” then his teaching rapidly falls apart.
We should never lose sight of the fact that our faith is a faith in a person: Jesus as man and God, the eternal Son of the eternal Father. When we see it like this then all falls into place.