Scripture, Sacrament, and Ethics

The church’s symbolic order of Scripture, sacrament, and ethics makes of the human pattern of knowledge, gratitude, and ethics a sacrament – an embodied revelation – of the reign of God, the salvation of human beings. What keeps this way of life explicitly Christian is ongoing balance between these three constitutive poles of the practice of faith. Only by submitting to the resistance of reality revealed in each dimension’s juxtaposition to the others do believers continue to give themselves over to the otherness, the presence-in-absence of the God of Jesus. Such ongoing praxis of Scripture-sacrament-ethics keeps faith real in its sometimes consoling, other times painful openness to the revelation of the God of Jesus. By submitting together as church to the performance of Scripture, sacrament, and ethics – face to face in liturgical gathering, far and wide in daily living – Christians discover over and again that otherness, finally, is not a threat but an invitation, that the God of Jesus can be trusted.

Bruce T. Morrill, “Building on Chauvet’s Work: An Overview”, in Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God: Engaging the Fundamental Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet, eds. Philippe Bordeyne and Bruce T. Morrill (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008), p. xxi. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6218-2.