We continue in 1 Corinthians 15 for our first reading today, where St. Paul continues his treatment on the resurrection of the body. “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” The Gospel reading is Luke’s telling of the parable of sower.
After telling the parable, but before explaining it, Jesus tells the disciples, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.” What an honor! The Apostles were chosen by Jesus and given special insight by God.The even nicer thing is that we get to benefit from their blessing!
We have been given the New Testament. But beyond that, as Catholics, we benefit from the teaching of the Apostles that has been handed down through the centuries. God gave the Apostles these special insights and they passed them along to their successors. With Sacred Tradition and Apostolic succession, we can be sure that the teachings of the Apostles, given directly from Jesus, continue to be taught to this day.
Father, we thank you for the Church, built on the foundation of the Apostles and the prophets. May we pass on the truth, as received from the Apostles. Amen.