The bible is our primary source of information about the message of Jesus who while on earth reminded people how valuable and loved by God they were. St. Jerome said: “Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ”. Like the early Christians, we are called to reflect on our faith and the Word of God. We strengthen our commitment to Jesus through our reading and discussion of the Scriptures. Intimate knowledge of the teachings of Jesus will enable us to understand and fully live out our baptismal promises.
God wants to reveal himself to us through the Scriptures. The Bible tells us the creation story and the history of the chosen people of Israel. We read about Moses, the 10 commandments, and the Exodus. We travel with the Jewish people throughout their periods of exile. We learn geography and hear from the prophets. We pray the Psalms of David. In the New Testament, we learn total dependence on God from our Blessed Mother. We discover the beginnings of our Church. We encounter Jesus during his earthly life feeding the hungry, healing the sick, raising the dead, and performing miracles. We meet his friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Jesus tells us who He is in the “I ams” of John’s gospel. The Gospels tell us Jesus was a man of his word. He stated: destroy this temple and it will be rebuilt in 3 days. He died and rose in three days. We enter the Garden of Gethsemane and walk to Calvary with Jesus. We learn of the resurrection and hear about Jesus in his glorified state. He said he would be with us until the end of time, he left us His Body and Blood in the Eucharist. He promised not to leave us as orphans, he sent his Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.
In the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit comes down in tongues of fire in the Upper Room while the disciples were hiding in fear. We see Peter who denied Jesus three times and went into hiding, now filled with the Holy Spirit, boldly proclaiming the risen Lord. The bible shows us how God breathed His Spirit in our hearts, souls, minds, and bodies.
As Catholics we must take the time to learn more about the Scriptures including geography and context of the writings; the doctrines of the Church; history and traditions of the Catholic church; sacraments and their scriptural roots; the liturgy; the rosary and Marian devotions; the lives of the Saints. The Bible tells us as Jesus walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, he explained the Scriptures to them. Luke’s passage further tells us that the disciples’ hearts were on fire as Jesus spoke to them and their eyes were opened at the Breaking of the Bread. Jesus comes to us through His Word and through the sacrament of Eucharist.
God’s Word is powerful and should be understood. The word of God is food for our soul; it nourishes all of us who hear it and keep it. Regular scripture reading with the guidance of the Holy Spirit can help us enter into and remain in a new dimension of God’s nature and love. The study of scripture enables us to become more faithful disciples of Jesus and also equips us with the necessary to make faith-filled decisions and sense out of our daily personal experiences.
In this section, you will find bible passages to whet your spiritual appetite. It is our hope you will develop a daily practice of scripture reading and meditation.