"We may be tempted to treat the Bible as a family memory book. We can pour over the stories contained therein and receive a fuller sense of who our ancestors were and who we ourselves are as their heirs. This is true enough, by praying over the stories of prophets and apostles, we see icons of holiness and encounter invitations to happiness and holiness in our own lives.
"Further, as a photo album captures snippets and stories, we come to know about God himself. The glimpses he offers of his own wisdom, power, and might help us to understand more about God. He tells us things we never would have guessed: like that he is a Trinity, a union of Father, and, Holy Spirit or that he offers us outpourings of his grace in the sacraments.
"But it would be a mistake if we thought that's all the Scriptures are. They are not a one-dimensional book. They are not a mere repetition of history; they are more than the sharing of memories. The Bible is God's Holy Word, living and true."
recent commentary, Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P.,
reflected on some dimensions of interpretation that may help Catholics "mine the hidden meaning of the Sacred Page. "
To access Fr Patrick's complete post, please visit:
Aleteia: Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP: The 4 Ways to read Scripture every Catholic should know (23 JAN 21)