Now it is our turn to listen to the Heart of Christ (Sacred Scripture) for the Holy Spirit.
1st Pillar of the Catechism: What Catholics Believe
1. Read Scripture. Go to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site: www.usccb.org. Click on the Bible tab. Then, click on Today's Reading and this Sunday's readings will appear. Use the calendar to find Daily Scripture for every day of the year.
2. Reflect on Scripture. Go to the November 8, 2015, Today's Reading page. Click on the Reflections - Video link found on the left side of the page. Find the 2015-11-08 Reflection by scrolling down and looking at the November column. Click on the 11-08 reflection and watch the video clip.
3. Spend some time exploring the Bible. You may want to better Understand the Bible, look at a particular Book of the Bible, or find help with a particular Scripture Verse.
"To read Sacred Scripture means to turn to Christ for advice," St. Francis of Assisi. 2 Tim 3:16-17, "All scripture was inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work."
As we close this section of study, consider one of the most asked questions: How do I read Sacred Scripture?
- First, when reading the Word of God, prayerfully listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to you. For example, when Scripture touches your soul with thoughts like "wow" or "that means a lot to me right now," recognize that this is the voice of the Holy Spirit talking with you. Pause for God to soak into your soul. You may even want to start a Bible journal to write down what God is saying to you on a certain day.
- As Catholics, we are also attentive to the whole, unified Scripture. And we read Scripture within the living Tradition of the whole Church.
What does this mean? "The Bible, a collection of Sacred Scripture, is like a long letter written by God to each one of us. For this reason, we must interpret the whole message with a view to its heart and mystery: Jesus Christ, of whom the whole Bible speaks, even the Old Testament. Therefore, we need to read Scripture with the God's whole plan in mind. We cannot pick out details while paying no attention to the unity of God's message. Finally, the Church draws her life and strength from Sacred Scripture. The living memorial of God's Word is carried in the Church's Tradition. Besides the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, there is nothing that the Church honors more reverently than Christ's presence in Sacred Scripture. This is why at Holy Mass we receive the Gospel standing, because in the human words, we hear God himself speak to us," (YouCat).
There is so much to learn about Scripture. I pray you never stop reading God's Word. And if you ever wonder, "How did Sacred Scripture come about in the first place?" Or, "What was the Catholic Church's role in creating the Bible?" Here's an article about how the Bible came from the Catholic Church and how the Bible was put together: Scripture Proves the Church.
References: CCC 111-114, YouCat 16, 19
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