[quote=Fidelis]In his encyclical about the inspiration of Scripture (Spiritus Paraclitus,), Pope Benedict XV acknowledges: “[St.] Jerome was compelled, when he discovered apparent discrepancies in the sacred books, to use every endeavor to unravel the difficulty. If he felt that he had not satisfactorily settled the problem, he would return to it again and again, not always, indeed, with the happiest results” (ibid., no. 15).
St. Augustine also held that if there were some difficulty in Scripture, he would take the position that, since God’s Word is perfect, the problem must either be with the translation, or from his own dullness of mind.
I prefer St. Aug’s position and I am glad when someone reminds me of that sentiment.
Do we too often devour scripture much as we do our favorite pizza? Taking each bite as if we new exactly what to expect and being indignant if there is something we did not expect. Would we not be dissatisfied if scripture did not so frequently draw us into it, as it does?