Monday, March 7, 2011

What We Take For Granted

Here are some of the things I catch myself taking for granted:
  • Education
  • Food
  • Health
  • Home
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Job
  • Money
  • Peace
  • Human rights
  • etc.
But, I don't think I ever realized just how much I take the Bible for granted until I saw this video. I read and pray with Sacred Scripture daily and have just a morsel of faith of the people in this video of a tribe in Papua New Guinea who are receiving the Bible in their own language for the first time. They truly know that God is present with them in the Bible. Beautiful - it brought tears to my eyes.

Here is a quote from Vatican II about the Bible:
"The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerates the body of the Lord, since, especially in the sacred liturgy, she unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life from the table both of God's word and of Christ's body. She has always maintained them, and continues to do so, together with sacred tradition, as the supreme rule of faith, since, as inspired by God and committed once and for all to writing, they impart the word of God Himself without change, and make the voice of the Holy Spirit resound in the words of the prophets and Apostles. Therefore, like the Christian religion itself, all the preaching of the Church must be nourished and regulated by Sacred Scripture. For in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them; and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life. Consequently these words are perfectly applicable to Sacred Scripture: "For the word of God is living and active" (Heb. 4:12) and "it has power to build you up and give you your heritage among all those who are sanctified" (Acts 20:32; see 1 Thess. 2:13)."
-DV 21
These people are living this reality of the presence of God in Sacred Scripture.
Lord give me faith!
Tip o' the hat to CMR.

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