Sermon for the 2nd Sunday before Lent (12 Feb. 2023) While Scripture does indeed contain all things necessary for salvation, it can also be said that it does not contain everything Christ did or taught to the Apostles. That’s not to say the Scriptures are deficient it just means that this written Word was meant to be coupled with the Living Word and Holy Traditions of the Church. St. John wrote: “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if every one of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written”. Likewise, Paul in 2Thess wrote: “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter”. As St. Cyprian, an early bishop of Carthage wrote: “No one can have God as their Father who does not have the church as their Mother”.