Daily Archives: April 24, 2011

Protestants are “Sad, You See. . . . “

Because they don’t believe in the Eucharist.

I happened to hear a Baptist minister on a local church broadcast this morning talking about the Sadducees. Of course, the standard Protestant thing is that that Sadducees were “sad, you see, because they didn’t believe in the Resurrection.” The problem is that they leave out *why* the Sadducees didn’t believe in the Resurrection (Scott Hahn and Marcus Grodi often talk about things that Protestants conveniently ignore): The Sadducees believed in Sola Scriptura. The Sadducees were the Fundamentalists of first century Judaism. They didn’t accept anything as God’s revelation except the Torah–specifically and literally. If a doctrine was not explicitly outlined in the five books of the Law of Moses, the Sadducees didn’t believe in it. They also insisted on using the Hebrew version of Scripture, rather than the Septuagint.

The Pharisees taught Scripture + Tradition, and they taught scriptural interpretation. That’s why Jesus spent more time arguing with Pharisees than He did with Sadducees–the Pharisees were worth arguing with, and we know at least some of them (Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea) agreed with Him.

Given that background knowledge, it is very funny to listen to Fundamentalist Christians criticize the Sadducees for teaching _sola Scriptura_ yet avoid the fact. The Sadducees didn’t believe in the Resurrection, angels, etc., because these things were not found in the Torah explicitly. They rejected Jesus’ teaching because Jesus was saying things that weren’t found in the written law. The Sadducees were the guys going up to Jesus and saying, “Where’s that in the Bible??”

Hour of Mercy: Divine Mercy Novena Day 3

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred Head with sorrow deep and true;
May every thought of mine this day be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred hands with sorrow deep and true;
May every touch of my hands this day be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred feet with sorrow deep and true;
May every step I take this day be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred side with sorrow deep and true;
May every beat of my heart this day be an act of love for You.

I fly to Your Mercy, Compassionate God, Who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your Mercy because You are the God of Mercy, and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do Heaven or Earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your Mercy has been disappointed.

(State your intentions)

__ Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven.
You are my peace.
You are my salvation.
You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts.

“Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.