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The Riches Of Scripture

Some time ago,Gutenberg_Bible at a luncheon, I sat next to a young family man, a Catholic, about 40 years of age.  In our conversation, he mentioned how, two years previously, he had found a new interest in Holy Scripture.  Up to that time, he described himself as an ordinary church-goer, with just a passable prayer life.

In his own words, he discovered a new world in Holy Scripture.  “I read the scriptures for a few minutes each day in a prayerful spirit”, he said.  “The way this daily reading has changed my life amazes me.  My faith in God, and especially Christ, has come alive as never before.  I find a spirit of happiness in my heart.”

The story of this ordinary young man, Bob, can encourage all of us to walk in his footsteps.  Even before he described his new found interest in the Scriptures, I could see a spirit of joyfulness in his eyes.  Unknown to him, his prayerful reading of God’s Word was changing his appearance, giving him a manner of gentleness and peacefulness to all.  Surely, Scripture had affected his heart.  This can be the story of all of us who imitate his interest in Holy Scripture.

We need to take our Bible down from the shelf!  Leave it open on the table!  As we leave for work or school, we can read for a few minutes from God’s Holy Word.  I suggest the Book of Psalms (150 of them), filled with short phrases: inspiring material for our prayer life for that day.  I like this one: “God blesses those who are kind to the poor.” (Psalm 41:1)  God is speaking to us personally.  Say these words frequently through the day.  Choose a different verse each day!

Years ago, in London, England, I heard a young priest say at a week day Mass, “Take Holy Scripture and turn it around and around in your mouth, much a youngster does with a piece of candy.  Savor it.  Taste it.”  Prayer can be the most exciting experience of a lifetime.  Why?  Because prayer, conversing with God, can bring you into a close friendship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Are there any persons as exciting and creative as These Three Persons?  Think of this!  God made 300,000 kinds of beetles, a lowly, unsung bug!

Once, I saw a woman taxi driver, outside the Midway Airport Terminal, reading her Bible while waiting for a fare.  She inspired me much in my efforts to treasure the Word of God.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 27, 2013 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , ,


  1. OK – I hear you – and I will once again begin to read the bible daily. Thanks for this great reminder of how important it is.

    Comment by barttimm | April 27, 2013 | Reply

  2. Awesome Fr. George…you lead us to Him with great faith & love, thanks for all you do for Him, for us!
    Happy 69th Ordination anniversary next week!!! God’s Blessings, Love & Grace to you! Marianne

    Comment by mcs | April 28, 2013 | Reply

  3. Hi Fr. George,

    That is not something that we Catholics often do – read the bible! We are content to have it read to us on Sundays. But it is so true, there is so much good writing in there – all things we can apply to our lives. I will try to read it more as well.

    For those that follow your blog, they might be interested in downloading the FREE app called Laudate – it is a great app with Catholic prayers and it also includes the full bible. Hope you are doing well, Fr. George. I am back from Las Vegas and now settling back into normal life here at home. Thinking of you often and praying for you. Love, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy | April 29, 2013 | Reply

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