“Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart”
Meditation on the Word of God has been repeatedly encouraged by the Church.
“All these various ordinances are intended to stimulate ever more intensely among the faithful that hunger for the word of God which, under that guidance of the Holy Spirit, is urging the people of the New Testament towards the goal of perfect unity within the Church”
(Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Missal)
. Guidelines and modifications in the liturgical celebrations are designed so that priests and faithful
“will daily receive increasing nourishment from the word of God through more intensive reflection on holy scripture. Thus, in accordance with the exhortation of the Second Vatican Council, the sacred writers will be recognized by all as the unfailing source of the spiritual life, the basis of all Christian instruction, and the very kernel of theological study.”
The Catechism, flowing from constant tradition and the teaching of Vatican II,
“forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful… to learn ‘the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ’
by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures”
“prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture, so that a dialogue takes place.”
Reading of Sacred Scripture should also be done in light of constant Church teaching and insights gained by the Church Fathers and theologians through the ages. The faithful, prayerfully and with proper precaution, should read the Bible! This is not simply a recommendation.
As St. Jerome said,
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
In Christ, son of Mary,