Monday, June 1, 2009

Thoughts on Catholic Catechism Chapter 2: God’s Word

You gotta love Scripture! Every time you read or hear it, there’s something new to touch your heart. Why? The words haven’t changed. These same words have been around for centuries, and yet they continue to hold new meaning at different times in our lives. We are familiar with the stories, and even proud to exclaim our memorized verses, so how does Sacred Scripture continue to impress us, conquering the depths of our hearts when we least expect it?

God in His mercy only speaks one word. You see, He is timeless, and what He says, once and for all, is the truth. “For this reason, the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body.” CCC

Catholic Mass celebrates the Liturgy of the Word in conjunction with Liturgy of the Eucharist. For any Mass to be complete, both components must be incorporated. To be clear, each liturgy can be separate, but not as a Mass in all of its fullness.

The study of Sacred Scripture is encouraged in the Catholic Church. Because God is all good, He speaks to us in our own language, using terms we can understand. It is up to us to let God be made manifest in the Word He reveals within our hearts, and through our understanding of it, give due glory back to God.

Nicholas Myers has written a wonderful article about the elements needed in any good religion. He explains things like faith, holiness, belief, and rituals. He even discusses hierarchy and community with honest insight.

Donna Frasier refers to the Bible and Catholic Catechism when she speaks fondly of Mary, Mother of Jesus. We are directed to several resources which reveal why we should look to Mary as a role model, and strive to learn from her virtues.

Scripture Catholic is a website devoted to helping people understand the meaning of God’s Word, and how it accurately reflects Catholic teachings.