June 5, 2020
(St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2_Tm_3:10-17
Well, you know, no one likes to be told what they have to do, whether it’s for the good of the world, or the nation, or your business, or even for your own good. So how do we learn what’s good for us and what’s not? St. Paul tells Timothy and us today in this one liner above. GO to the Scriptures. By seeing what happens to others when they cross over the line of moral righteousness, we learn that maybe that’s just not something I want to do either.
We see the rewards for doing good versus the consequences of not. We see the value of goodness through example and in teachings. We see commandments and the failure to live by them. We see Beatitudes and the rewards of their basic premise of Love. We see injustice and the Heavenly reward of perseverance and faithfulness despite it – even unto death. And all of this is written in our hearts besides in the Scriptures. All it takes is a little initiative to READ.
No one is going to force us. Yet, within that “library of books,” the Bible, we find all kinds of readings – from mystery to drama, from poetry to history, from wisdom to miracles. It’s all there to ‘wet the whistle’ of anyone who would dare to discover its beauty! AND, to create a world of more compassion, less judgment and more love for God, for Jesus and for our neighbor (not excluding our most holy, Holy Spirit).
If you haven’t, beloved, try dipping your toes into the Scriptures. You certainly will not regret it! And Jesus will be there for you with every word (pronounceable or not).
Peace and blessings, in Christ.
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