THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
LITURGICAL BIBLE STUDY
It is crucial for Catholics to read, study and meditate on
the Bible. Unfortunately, most Catholics do not know the Bible.
That is tragic. We cannot move on in the New Evangelization
without the Bible at the core of the work. This is why one
of the four pillars of LCSC is Live the Word, focusing
on the methodology of Liturgical Bible Study (LBS).
we are assured: “Every word of God is tested”
(Prv 30:5a). The Bible, being the very word of God, is absolutely
reliable. Everything that is written there has been inspired
by the Holy Spirit. It is given to us to help us grow in holiness
is our basic work in LCSC? It is the kerygma, the
proclamation of the gospel. What is the gospel? It is the
good news of salvation in Jesus. To proclaim this gospel was
the mission of the Twelve. “Then they set out and went
from village to village proclaiming the good news” (Lk
9:6a). Where do we learn about this good news? It is in the
does the Bible, the very word of God, do for us? Let the Bible
testify about itself. Here is a sampling from today’s
verses from Psalm 119. Psalm 119 praises God for giving such
splendid laws and instructions for people to live by. We can
learn about God’s ways from the Bible.
me from the way of deceit; favor me with your law.”
(Ps 119:29). The enemy is always trying to deceive us by telling
us lies, as Satan is the father of lies. Now the Bible is
about truth. It is through the Bible that the Holy Spirit
teaches us about the laws and commandments of God.
law of your mouth is more precious to me than heaps of silver
and gold.” (Ps 119:72). The Bible is the most valuable
resource we can ever have, because it is the very word of
God. Unfortunately, people in the world seek after silver
and gold, thinking these to be the most precious things in
life. What is actually most important for life is to know
God and His ways, which the Bible instructs us in.
word, Lord, stands forever; it is firm as the heavens.”
(Ps 119:89). The word of God is unchanging, just as Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Bible
is absolutely reliable as a guide to God’s ways. The
Bible is what can help bring us to live forever in heaven.
keep my steps from every evil path, that I may observe your
word.” (Ps 119:101). Evil is rampant in the world, a
world steeped in darkness. Many people, including Christians,
can no longer distinguish good from bad. There are no clear
guideposts for morality. The Bible helps provide such guideposts,
thus lighting our path and guiding our every step.
your precepts I gain understanding; therefore I hate all false
ways.” (Ps 119:104). The wisdom of the world is totally
different from, and even contrary to, the wisdom of God. The
ways of the world, with promises by the evil one, are unreliable
and false. We as Christians have to put on the mind of Christ.
How? By studying God’s word. In this way we can gain
the very wisdom that comes from God.
I hate and abhor; your law I love.” (Ps 119:163). We
are to hate evil and love good. We are to turn away from lies,
which the father of lies peddles. We are to love the very
words and laws of God.
LBS is a proven methodology of getting into the Bible. As
we grow in appreciation and understanding of God’s word,
then we will be better equipped to do our work of evangelization
as we “to proclaim the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:2a).