Christ remains the “coming one,” who opens the scriptures to his disciples so that they can come to know him as Lord. This demands, of those who would be his disciples, a continuing engagement with the scriptures, in the context of tradition and following the rule of truth, an engagement in which the student of the Word is also “interpreted” by the Word as he or she puts on the identity of Christ. Tradition is the continuity of this interpretative engagement with the scriptures in the contemplation of Christ, as delivered (“traditioned”) by the apostles. The Faith delivered by the apostles “once and for all” (Jude 3) is thus an active, dynamic movement. Tradition, therefore, is not a refuge, something that we can passively lay claim to, but a challenge, forcing us to engage with the scriptures to contemplate Christ, who always remains the coming one, learning to put on his identity, so that when he appears we shall be like him (1 Jn 3.3).
Excerpt taken from the book: The Mystery of Christ, Life in Death. By Fr. John Behr