From the gospel of Luke, chapter 10 verses 25-37:
THERE WAS A SCHOLAR of the law who stood up to test him and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"
He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."
He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live."
"But the Lord answered her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.'" -- Luke 10:38-41
FR I. GAVE A ROUSING SERMON yesterday on the Word of God, how to know the bible (the written Word of God) is to know the person of Jesus (the living and eternal Word of God), and how not to know the bible is not to know Jesus.
In front of me sat rows of young boys and girls, presumably preparing for their confirmation. i wondered, "How many of these have felt touched and called by God, and how many have not? How many will become the new religious and faithful of tomorrow? How many are just going through the motions without really understanding or being convinced?"
When the choir sang When I Look Into Your Holiness, i felt the answer was right there. Surely, a sensitive soul couldn't help but be touched by the beauty of this song and its mystical message: "The reason we live is to worship God."
But some might then wonder, "Why so?" Providentially, the song that followed, Spirit Wings, explained this most appropriately and symbolically. It was going to be another perfect mass.
Would an unbeliever be able to understand this?
(See also More Than Words: "the Word of God" and Tradition by Kenny Leong and St Ignatius' first spiritual exercise.)