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God’s Life Savings

6 Sep

“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you” (1 Timothy 6:20).

This sort of language is a recurring theme of St. Paul as he instructs his successor Timothy. St. Paul also tells Timothy that “what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2; see also 2 Timothy 1:14).

But what exactly was entrusted to Timothy?

The Church has always understood these passages as referring to the “deposit of faith” (see Catechism, no. 84). This sacred deposit is the entirety of the body of teaching Christ entrusted to His Apostles and, through them, to the Church. It is the full revelation of Jesus Christ–the Word of God–through Scripture and Tradition, ordered to uniting all mankind into the family of God: the Catholic Church.

If the Word of God is to be understood as a sacred “deposit,” I think it’s fair to understand the Church as the “bank.” Why do we entrust our money or other valuables to a bank? The answer is we want to protect our assets, and we want them to bear interest. Continue reading