Reading the Bible

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Many Catholics have never made a thorough study of the Bible. If you were to decide to read it carefully, however, you could make the mistake of trying to read it straight through, right from the beginning. You might start eagerly at Genesis, but then, once you get to all the abstract legalism in Leviticus, you will get bogged down and give up, saying it doesn’t make any sense.

Therefore, if you’re a real beginner, you might just begin by reading the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament; it’s the earliest and shortest Gospel, or story of Christ (gospel comes from the Middle English word godspell and means “good news”). Mark’s Gospel should give you a basic sense of what Jesus was all about.

Still, anyone, beginner or not, needs to understand Jewish history, or Jesus himself can’t be understood. After all, when Jesus talked about Scripture, he was referring to what we now call the Old Testament.  Continue reading here.




1 comment for “Reading the Bible

  1. toGodalone
    February 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    It is also good to attend Bible Study Group. Check with your local parishes if they have and if they don’t have it yet, maybe you can help inspire them to do so. There are many parishes that offers Bible Study Group. Don’t hesitate to ask from a local parish or maybe a friend could introduce you to one they already know.

    The Gospels and like what i was told too, St. Mark’s Gospel is a good start. But however you do it, always begin with prayer and read it prayerfully, listening to God’s words – His story and our story.

    Attending Mass is a great way to know God, love and serve Him. Here, you can listen to the Readings and the Gospels and participate in the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. In fact, this can be a good start, you can either read the readings and or the Gospel for that day before and after Mass.

    God is full of mercy and love, may God help us to know Him, love Him and serve Him faithfully, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Here’s a prayer to the Holy Spirit that is very helpful in guiding us to reading the Bible and listening to God’s words.

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shall renew the face of the earth.
    Let us pray: O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful. Grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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