Lay Witness Magazine

Table of Contents: September 2001

Answering the Covenental Question

by Sean Innerst In this month’s liturgical Bible study, we examine the covenant as the dominant theme of the Bible. You could say it is the fundamental plot of the Scriptures-the element that propels the story to its conclusion. God and man’s pursuit of a covenant relationship drives the disparate stories of the Old and New Testaments. The biblical understanding of a covenant is a family or blood bond that is contracted by an oath sworn before witnesses, often with an accompanying spilling of blood to signify the kind of bond that has been formed. It is perpetually binding and … Continue reading

In Brief

Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for September and October 2001: September That the adolescents and young people of the third millennium may discover a profound ideal to give meaning and value to their lives. That the population of Indonesia, composed of many ethnic groups, languages, cultures, and religions, may increasingly try to build a more democratic and just future in mutual respect and harmony. October That we may know how to recognize and respect the cultural and spiritual riches of the different ethnic groups and religious minorities present in every … Continue reading

Stewards of God’s Word

by Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. One of my pet peeves when I come home at the end of the day is to find my daughters’ bicycles strewn on the driveway. Of course I’m frustrated that I’m unable to pull into the garage. Even more, I expect the girls to take better care of their possessions. It’s not that I care so much about the bikes themselves, but I want to ensure that my daughters have grateful hearts. I picked out each of their bikes especially for them, making sure they were just the right size and color. How my girls … Continue reading

The Cost of Discipleship: U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral on Stewardship

by Jeff Ziegler “The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me’” (Jn. 1:43). In his first encyclical letter, Pope John Paul II applied this passage of the Gospel not only to those called to the priesthood or the religious life, but also to every member of the Church (Redemptor Hominis, no. 21). Every Christian, from the newly baptized infant to the Holy Father, is a Christian because of Christ’s mysterious, gratuitous call to discipleship. “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (Jn. 15:16). Our Lord taught that … Continue reading