Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fear of Scripture? Nah, Not on My Watch!


by M. J. Joachim
I’m not going to pretend to be anywhere close to a biblical scholar. However, that’s not going to stop me from reading and studying my Bible either.

So many Catholics are afraid of getting it wrong all the time…

As if only the learned and higher ups in the Catholic Church have special insight into the Word of God…

Far be it from me to challenge people who have a lot more knowledge than I will ever have, but if ordinary people weren’t supposed to get to know God by reading His very own Word, then how did so many of them get canonized as saints?

Sts. Joseph, Therese, Faustina, Martin de Porres, Philomena, John Vianny … these are a very few I’ve come to know through the years, and they can teach me the wisdom of God any day, anytime and anywhere.

It’s a simple post for now, one that needs to sink in a bit. You see, the Sacrifice on the Cross was meant for everyone (not just a select “knowledgeable” few). One of its most prominent messages is, “Be not afraid. I go before you always…”

If that’s true, and Christians everywhere know in their hearts that it is, then wild horses shouldn’t prevent us from reading Holy Scripture and learning what God wants to tell us.

Touting the Word of God, rattling off chapter and verse and implying consistent perplexities, often generates fear in so many who might read the Bible for the simple pleasure of doing so. Yet these same people read all sorts of other items: books, websites, magazine articles, newspapers, finance papers, business contracts and the like, without every doubting for a minute they are capable of doing so, confident in their skills to comprehend what’s written – manuscripts and documents written by authors who they often never meet or interact with at all.

What could possibly make anyone believe God would abandon us, when we read and study His Word, especially since He invites and encourages us to get to know and develop our relationship with Him continuously throughout our lives?!

Until next time, kind followers, I wish you well!
M. J.
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