“In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. The Bible Connection… When I was growing up we had one of those huge, white Catholic Bibles. You know the one with the pictures showing you the breakdown of the Mass. Oh come on, you remember. It was a great centerpiece, that held certificates for baptism, Confirmation, etc. but it was never opened to be read…ever. I don’t think today’s Catholic households are much different either. My children each received a bible as a gift from the parish when they received the Sacrament of Confirmation. You’d be surprised at all the wonderful uses, none of which include reading. Examples are: a door stop, a window stand, a leveler, a dust collector…you get the picture. Unlike yesterday, today’s Catholics are encouraged to “break” open the word of God. Where prayer helps us to communicate with God, the Bible helps us to learn about Him, as well as Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We’ve always thought that our Protestant brothers and sisters had one up on us when it comes to scripture reading…phooey! The truth is that anyone through prayer and consistent reading can unlock the secrets of scripture and see how they pertain to us today. It’s like breathing, once you start, it becomes a part of your life. Even reading the great stories can enhance us spiritually, we just need the desire to learn about God. If you’re stuck and want help, I’m around. How about our teens? You guys up for a Bible study? Look my peeps…even if you read a verse, sentence, or a chapter…God’s word will enhance your spiritual life. Here’s the trick: pick a time of day to read and stick with it. Usually the morning works best, along with prayer. Read a verse, sentence, paragraph or chapter. There are also scripture guides, the daily readings, and scripture meditation books and magazines that help. Always, always…pray before you read. The Bible was “inspired” by the Holy Spirit, so it’s only fitting to pray for the Spirit to guide you and reveal God’s mysteries. There is so much that can be said about this subject…hmmm sounds like a sequel coming.
Until next time… may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray to God our Father, in the name of Jesus His son, through the Holy Spirit…luv ya!