Taste and see: Bible and newspaper – guides for life and faith


The Gospel heard on Sunday continues to challenge us regarding faith and faithful living.

Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’

Matthew 11:25-30

  • What is revealed?
  • What cries out for the ease and rest that the Lord wins for us and shares with us?

Karl Barth famously suggested that Christians need to use their newspaper and their bible to know these things.

“The Pastor and the Faithful should not deceive themselves into thinking that they are a religious society, which has to do with certain themes; they live in the world. We still need – according to my old formulation – the Bible and the Newspaper.”

“One broods alternately over the newspaper and the New Testament and actually sees fearfully little of the organic connection between the two worlds concerning which one should now be able to give a clear and powerful witness”

“Newspapers, he says, are so important that ‘I always pray for the sick, the poor, journalists, authorities of the state and the church – in that order. Journalists form public opinion. They hold terribly important positions. Nevertheless, a theologian should never be formed by the world around him – either East or West. He should make his vocation to show both East and West that they can live without a clash. Where the peace of God is proclaimed, there is peace on earth is implicit. Have we forgotten the Christmas message?'”

Needless to say this is not my research (!) you can find more details here.

For prayer and reflection today, maybe

  • consider again what is revealed about Jesus Christ and his ministry in the passage from the Gospel
  • look to your newspaper with eyes of faith to see why the message of hope and love is so needed. In your prayer intercede for those in need – who knows maybe some of them are also interceding for you.

Image was found here.