Cape Town, 03 October, 2020 / 9:08 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of South African’s Cape Town Archdiocese has, in a video reflection, underscored the need to interact with the word of God in the scriptures, allowing the message to challenge “our preconceived ideas,” including our image of God.
“The Gospel must always be a challenge to us no matter who we are or whatever our status in life. It must challenge us about our preconceived ideas and our presumptions,” Archbishop Stephen Brislin says in the nine-minute video reflection published Wednesday, September 30 on the Facebook page of the Archdiocese of Cape Town.
In the reflection, Archbishop Brislin cautions against the temptation to create God in our own image rather than learn to know Him as he is through the scriptures saying, the word of God “must challenge us about who we think God is and who we try to make him to be.”
“The Gospel must challenge us on how we live our faith and how comfortable we so easily become in a routine of external adherence to Jesus’ teaching, rather than an inner acceptance of the Word and allowing that Word the opportunity to transform us,” the 64-year-old South African Prelate says.
Christians must allow themselves to be challenged by the word of God on how to approach the Eucharist without taking it for granted by allowing themselves to be summed “to a deeper and more profound encounter with the mystery of God – God who we have and do experience in our lives, but who always remains beyond our grasp and understanding,” the Archbishop reflects.