In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
We have several ways of communicating. We can use written words. We can also use unwritten words. The same way with God. He communicates with us through his written and unwritten word. His written word is Sacred Scripture and his unwritten word is Sacred Tradition.
When we read John 1:1, we realize that God communicates to us through Jesus. Pope Benedict XVI tells us that “Now the word is not simply audible; not only does it have a voice, now the word has a face, one which we can see; that of Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus is God's message to his people. He is the fullness of God's revelation. If Jesus is the fullness of God's revelation, we have no choice but to follow him. Since God speaks to us through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, we too should obey him.
St. Luke tells us in Acts 2:42, the early Church devoted themselves to four things: the apostles' teaching, fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and prayers.
The first thing on the list is the apostles' teaching. This is Sacred Tradition. Sacred Tradition is the teaching received by the apostles from Jesus and learned from him or learned at the prompting of the Holy Spirit handed down through the institutions they established.
Notice the word 'teaching' is singular. There is only one teaching because there is only one holy, catholic and apostolic Church. St. Luke also described how the early Christians devoted themselves – steadfastly, meaning, unwaveringly. As Christians, we need to believe in the teaching of the Church in terms of morals and faith. We need to be steadfast in the teaching of the Church, because the teaching of the Church is the teaching of Jesus. If we claim that Jesus is our Lord, we need to believe in his teaching.
It is very sad that there are so called Catholics who pick and choose what they want, thinking and claiming that the Church needs to change her teachings on certain moral issues. Yet, there is no middle ground when it comes to faith in Jesus.
We need to accept the entire Jesus. We cannot pick and choose. We are either for him or against him. We cannot call ourselves Catholic if we do not agree with the teaching of the Church.
In John 6, people left Jesus because they could not understand his teaching on the Eucharist. Jesus confronted the Twelve and asked them if they also wanted to leave. Peter stood up and spoke for the Twelve and said, “Lord, to whom should we go, you have the words of eternal life.” Peter probably did not understand the teachings also, but he knew that the one who said it was trustworthy. So he believed.
If there is something we do not agree with regards to the teaching of the Church, the attitude is not to just disregard it. We should instead accept it in faith and do some research on our own. Adam and Eve sinned because they wanted to determine for themselves what was good and evil. If we pick and choose what we want to believe, we are falling into the same trap.
In the end, we believe because of the one who said it. We believe because of Jesus because our faith is based on a loving relationship with Jesus.
May we have an open heart to accept the will of the Lord and trust in his Word.