Study: Do I have an opportunity to read from the Bible every day? Can I make a few minutes free to read a little Scripture and pause to reflect on what God’s Word says to me?
Pray: In my daily prayer, do I take a moment to consider how Sacred Scripture can lead me closer to the Lord and others?
Serve: How might I put what I discover into practice? How can I live out my faith today? Where is the Lord calling me to put my life into action for Christ?
The second reading today reminds us of the power of the Scriptures. In particular, two verses stand out:
“All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching,
for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God
may be competent,
equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
In light of these words there are several points that surface. First, do we realize the richness and depth of the Bible? Do we recognize that this text has guided and directed the Church for two thousand years, offering wisdom and insight for daily life? Let’s face it, sometimes we can take the Scriptures for granted, and thus miss out on the Lord’s revelation for our world.
But if we do acknowledge the importance of God’s Word, do we actually take time each day to listen? This is the second point – knowing the Bible is important is not enough – we need to read it! The Lord invites us and calls us to know Him; through a steady diet of Scripture we open our hearts to the grace of God.
Third, (and this is the hard part) do we let this Word move us? As we listen to the teaching and wisdom of our faith, do we change our lives accordingly? The Scriptures teach us about the Lord, our faith, and our life. Do we put what we receive into practice?
Now let’s be clear. Parts of the Bible require careful interpretation and study. Parts of the Scriptures are written through a particular cultural perspective. Sometimes the message demands skilled and trained responses through the insight and teaching of the Church. Fortunately our Catholic tradition provides vast resources for learning and understanding God’s Word.
I would invite all of us to take a little time each day to reflect on the Scriptures. Start with Luke’s gospel. Read a little every day and think about the message. Ask questions. Pray about what is read. After all, it is the Lord’s good news – given to us for strength and life!