20 January 2021

Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP: on Why Catholics Should Read the Bible

"One seminary professor of mine insisted as we began to study the Gospels that we sit down and read each Gospel straight through. It was a serious but reasonable request. Her point was that the narrative of the Scriptures would wash over us, allowing us to discover even greater richness in the sequence and pacing of the life of Jesus as reported by the evangelists.

"The simple fact is that we Catholics should swim in Scripture. The Bible is absolutely central to our faith. Expressing this, Pope Francis teaches,'The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and Sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians. Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible.'"

In a recent commentary, Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P., reflected on some of the reasons why it is important for Roman Catholics to read the Bible, including the Bible's words of encouragement and its helping us to face life with God's perspective at the forefront.

To access Fr Patrick's complete post, please visit: 

Aleteia: Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP: Reasons Catholics should read the Bible (15 JAN 21)

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