Word made Flesh
Updated: Jan 22, 2018
Our household is getting ready for an exciting year, so we began the year with diving into the sacred Scriptures. Getting familiar with the Bible allows us to enter into the relationship with Christ. As St. Jerome said, "Ignorance of Scripture, is ignorance of Christ." How can we say we know him if we do not take the time to read the Scriptures? How can you share that you have a relationship with the Lord if you do not even take the time to listen to Him?
So what's in the Bible? Well here's a short summary, courtesy of an old Barats and Bereta from 2008.
As Catholics, we treasure the Bible. The Second Vatican Council's document Dei Verbum states
"since everything asserted by the inspired authors or sacred writers must be held to be asserted by the Holy Spirit, it follows that the books of Scripture must be acknowledged as teaching solidly, faithfully and without error that truth which God wanted put into sacred writings for the sake of salvation"
(Dei Verbum 11)
But it is not the be all end all. Unlike our separated brothers and sisters, we do not hold to Sola Scriptura, that the Bible alone provides us everything. We have the Church, guided by the successors of the Apostles, guiding us since the Church came up with the canon of Scriptures and the tradition that provide us the living context for us read them and live them out today.
It is clear, therefore, that sacred tradition, Sacred Scripture and the teaching authority of the Church, in accord with God's most wise design, are so linked and joined together that one cannot stand without the others, and that all together and each in its own way under the action of the one Holy Spirit contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.
(Dei Verbum 10)
I remember back when I was part of the youth ministry, I started to take interest in the scriptures when we would reflect on the Gospel for upcoming Sunday mass. That got me into paying attention to the readings at Mass which then got me to both go to Mass more and to skim through the readings beforehand. I started to pay attention to the cycle of the liturgical seasons and how the readings reflected the times we celebrated Jesus' birth or his Passion. Then I would feel so much comfort in the times when a verse or story from the readings of the day just spoke what I experienced in my life. If I was sad, I found comfort in hearing Psalm 23 saying "The Lord is my shepherd." If I felt hopeless, I found hope when I heard the words from the prophet Jeremiah "For I know well the plans I have for you... plans for a future full of hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).