Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
(II Thessalonians 2:1-3a.14-17; Matthew 23:23-26)
Perhaps the most challenging reality for students of the Bible is the scholarly consensus that a few of St. Paul’s letters were forgeries. The very notion sounds absurd. “How can Scripture, which is by definition inerrant, contain works that give false information?” people ask. However, St. Augustine among others was aware that all the information contained in the Bible was not completely accurate. Vatican II declared that inerrancy has to do with the truths of the faith that God wished to pass on. It must be remembered as well that the forgeries were not made for profit. Rather, they were intended to assure readers of God’s continued care. In any case, today’s first reading has something to say about Scriptural forgery.