2021 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Pope at Audience: The Bible, the place where God meets man

Continuing his catechesis on prayer at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the Sacred Scriptures in the life of prayer, saying it was written for each one of us.

By Lydia O’Kane on Vatican News

“The words of the Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart.” Those were Pope Francis’ words during his Catechesis at his Wednesday General Audience.

Bible written for each one of us

Reflecting this week on prayer that accompanies the reading of Sacred Scripture, the Pope underlined that the Bible was written for every one of us individually, to bring us “a word of God.”

This experience, he said, happens to all believers. A passage from the Scripture, heard many times already, unexpectedly will speak to a person one day, and enlighten a situation that they are living, offering fresh insights and often challenging our habitual way of thinking about and seeing the world.

However, the Pope stressed that it was necessary “that I, that day, be present for that appointment with that Word,” in order for it to sow a seed “in the soil of our lives.” ……………..

The Word a source of peace

“The Word inspires good intentions and sustains action,” he said.

It becomes an inexhaustible source of peace, wisdom and strength as we grow in faith and give it concrete expression in charity and service of others.


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