I want to share books that have been very significant in my life, so over this next month, I’ll give you some book recommendations. The first book is the most significant. It was very difficult and wonderful to read as are most spiritual books. I would get distracted and have to bring myself back to it time and time again. I first started exploring this book when I was a teenager. I would read it avidly for a few weeks and then I would get out of the habit and come back to it later. This book is the bible. The first time I read it cover to cover, I read it with my young husband. We used a study guide called God’s Word Today which I believe is called God’s Word Among us today. The study guide took us through the bible one chapter at a time.
Each month, we would get a new booklet with daily readings covering a book of the bible. The study alternated between the Old and New Testament books of the bible. We would pause each morning before we began our day by reading a chapter or two and reading the reflection. Over the course of three years, we read the whole bible. It was such a special time for us to read together and reflect on God’s word together. We learned so much about God and about each other. My own faith deepened and at the same time, I had so many questions.
Over the many years since, I have read the bible multiple times. I have taken the Bible Timeline class by Jeff Cavins. I’ve read a daily reading guide of the mass readings. Actually, the daily readings offered at mass will take you through the bible once about every three years. My current guide is called “Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions”. This year, I have committed to reading the bible cover to cover. I’m using a devotion book called “Your Daily Walk”.
I also have an App on my phone. Evangelizo has the daily readings and reflections. More about Catholic Apps for your phone in another blog. I’m learning new things every time I read a reflection. The Word of God is infinite in its messages to us. I meet God in a very personal way in the bible. I find so many interesting facts. So much comfort and so much challenge at the same time. Why don’t you pick up the bible and read. God has much to say to you too.
Let us pray, Oh God, help us to seek you in all that we do. Help us to dive into your Holy Word again and again. Please deliver us from the Evil One who finds every possible reason to keep us from reading, reflecting, and resting in You and your Holy Word, the Bible. In Jesus Holy name, Amen.