Read The Bible Lately?

30 Apr 2017 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Read The Bible Lately?

At least since the advent of Martin Luther’s rebellion 500 yrs. ago and the resultant Protestant rejection of Catholic belief in religious authority based upon both Scripture and Tradition, it would appear that most modern Catholics have come to rely far more on tradition than their knowledge of God’s revealed word in the Bible.

It was anything but unexpected that 50 years ago, the first order of business for the fathers of Vatican Council II was to reform the liturgy. Included in that reform was an enormous increase in the number of Biblical passages we would be exposed to in Sunday liturgies: from 104 passages to 468. Weekday Masses added even more!

The desire was that Catholic churchgoers, while not hearing all the Bible, would at least be exposed to a far larger portion than previously. The hope was that through hearing God’s Word proclaimed and preached we might be able to share the experience of the first generation of Christians quoted today by St. Luke: “Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

If we have yet to personally experience that burning heart, isn’t it about time to challenge our ignorance of the Scriptures?

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