This weekend, the 3rd week in Ordinary Time, is known as “Word of God Sunday” since 2019, and is a day on which the whole Church is encouraged to reflect more specifically on the role of the Sacred Scriptures in the life of the Church. Catholics get a bad rap about not knowing much about the Bible, and I think that’s because there are a lot of Catholics who don’t know much about the Bible!
What is the Bible? What does it mean to say the texts of the Bible are “divinely inspired”? Should scripture scare us and fill us with fear, or bring life and encouragement? Both?
In my homily this weekend, I talk about the concept of Theopneustos, “God-breathed,” and reflect a little on the words of Vatican II in regard to the point of there being scriptural texts at all: “In His goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of His will (see Eph 1:9) by which through Christ, the Word made flesh, man might in the Holy Spirit have access to the Father and come to share in the divine nature (see Eph 2:18; 2 Peter 1:4). Through this revelation, therefore, the invisible God (see Col 1;15, 1 Tim 1:17) out of the abundance of His love speaks to men as friends (see Ex 33:11; John 15:14-15) and lives among them (see Bar 3:38), so that He may invite and take them into fellowship with Himself.” (Dei Verbum 2)