Bible Study – October 16th 2018
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
Lord, by the light of your Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In that same Spirit help us to relish what is right
And always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Scripture readings from 28th Sunday in ordinary time
Is there a common theme?
Wisdom comes through in the first reading and the psalm.
There are also some good pointers for how to go about Bible Study.
Wisdom 7:7 – I prayed and understanding was given me.
Hebrews 4:12 – The word of God is something alive and active.
This takes us to another verse in the bible concerning scripture.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be holy.
In summary Scripture, the Word of God, reaches into our innermost being.
The Gospel Reading – Mark 10: 17-30
- 17 – Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
Bible pointer – John 3:16, God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life.
- 19 – You know the commandments
Bible pointer Exodus 20:1-17 to see all 10 commandments and note who is speaking.
& Exodus 31:18 – When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.
vs 21 – Come, follow me
After Jesus says, to his disciples, how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God the disciples ask;
vs 26 – who can be saved
Let’s consider some more Bible pointers;
Acts 2:38 repent…and be baptised
Romans 10:9 – If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved.
How might we summarise this message of salvation?
- Be baptised
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit
- Persevere – come, follow me (walk the talk and live the life)
Or to put it in Catholic terms;
- Having receive the Sacrament of Baptism as an infant
- Believe – stay true to that baptism
- Repent – avail yourself of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit – Confirmation (and keep on being filled)
- Persevere – attend Church and receive the Blessed Sacrament regularly put your belief into action in your daily life
Bible Pointers – James 2:26, Faith is dead if it is separated from good deeds.
Ephesians 2: 10, For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
The Vocation of the Laity
Catechism of the Catholic Church
ccc901 The Participation of lay people in Christ’s priestly office
“Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvellously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit may be produced in them. For all their works, prayers and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit – indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born – all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord. And so, worshipping everywhere by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives.”
I was struck by the words of Preface IV of the Sundays in Ordinary time;
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
Through Christ our Lord.
For by His birth He brought renewal
to humanities fallen state,
and by His suffering cancelled out our sins;
by His rising from the dead
He has opened the way to eternal life,
And by ascending to You, O Father,
He has unlocked the gates of heaven.
And so with the company of Angels and Saints,
we sing the hymn of your praise,
as without end we acclaim:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.