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Saturday, October 17, 2009

As Catholics we don’t use the bible as a manual, something that might be expected to give clear needed answers to any relevant question of the day. That is more the job of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the collection of teachings of Christ in His Church which have developed down the ages in response to cultural needs.

Nor do Catholics place great store by short “proof texts” to win arguments. The history of large, tragic, scandalous division in British Christianity since the Reformation has proved beyond reasonable doubt that both sides of most issues can fairly easily quote the Bible in their defence. The Bible which was written by the Church compiled by the Church, declared inspired by the Church, needs to be interpreted by the Church. Again the Catechism provides this need.

We certainly can and do use the Bible to support the tradition of Catholic teaching. But primarily we use the inspired word to inspire us, to guide our relationship with God and others – and in the daily challenges that life throws up. Here are some inspiring parts of the inspired Word, on various themes.

Comfort: John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:4; Psalm 23:4

Worry: Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 46

Guidance: Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 32:8-10; Philippians 4:4-7

Illness/Pain: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Mark 4:37-41; Psalm 103:1-4

New Life: Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 2:4-9; Titus 2:11-14

Prayer: Luke 11:1-13; John 14:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Jealousy: Luke 15:25-32; Galatians 5:19-26; James 3:13-18

Failure: Hebrews 4:14-16; Jude 1:24-25; Psalm 73:26

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:24 am