National Geography and the Search for God

The Search, Part II (National Geography and the Search for God)


We continue our work of the religious quest with the series begun last week and will continue to aid our inquiry in the religious quest. Remember that the introduction is available and if you cannot access the full video select any point from the introduction, perform a search, or reply to another’s note with other sources and thoughts.

There’s an interesting reference in Saint Joseph’s Day by Day Reader (Bible verses with short prayers within the context of a saintly, hard-working model) that selects 1 Cor 3:2 that might be considered within the context of this thread’s general direction. The NIV reads “ 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” This is usually not an easy verse to hear a sermon especially if the direction is towards us! In the context of this course, this is a verse that describes the quest, the spiritual journey in which we of us begins as we began life, e.g. as an infant.

The following source provides a narrative for those preaching on this verse, which might be interesting on several fronts.

“Verse 2. – I fed you with milk. The metaphor is expanded in Hebrews 5:13 , “Every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the Word of righteousness; for he is a babe.” The same metaphor is found in Philo; and the young pupils of the rabbis were called “sucklings” (תינוקות) and “little ones” (camp. Matthew 10:42 ). Not with meat; not with solid food, which is for full grown or spiritually perfect men ( Hebrews 5:14 ). For hitherto; rather, for ye were not yet – when I preached to you – able to bear it. The same phrase is used by our Lord in John 16:12 , “I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now;” and he taught them in parables, “as they were able to bear it” ( Mark 4:33 ). Not even now are ye able. Though you imagine that you have advanced so far beyond my simpler teaching.”


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