At Mass last night the lector read a section of 2 Timothy 3 as the Epistle for the feast of St Matthew. This inlcudes good ol’ 3:16 which actually is a favorite verse of mine:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
I suppose I have a medieval view of this passge. Every little jot in the text has some sort of meaning–even if you have to reach for it–and that a moral or theological teaching about how to grow in righteousness and virtue is secreted away where you would least expected it.
But the thought that came to mind last night was, “Huh–that’s odd, some how *proof-texting* got left off the list. Wonder how that happened…”