THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE WORD OF GOD
The word of God, the Bible, is crucial to the Christian life.
Unfortunately, most lay Catholics do not know the Bible. How
can they truly live Christian lives if they do not know the
written word of God? As St. Jerome says, ignorance of the
scriptures is ignorance of Christ.
119 is all about God’s instruction, variedly translated
in English as law, statute, commandment, precept, testimony,
word, judgment, way and promise. God gives instruction on
how we are to live. God’s instruction is indispensable.
Here is a sampling from the psalm on how God’s word
helps us in our Christian walk.
It shows us the way to live and be blessed. “Blessed
those whose way is blameless, who walk by the law of the
Lord.” (Ps 119:1)
guides us in raising our children. “How can the young
keep his way without fault? Only by observing your words.”
gives us great joy in life. “I find joy in the way
of your testimonies more than in all riches.” (Ps
guides us wherever we are, whatever situation we are in.
“I am a sojourner in the land; do not hide your commandments
from me.” (Ps 119:19). “Your testimonies are
my delight; they are my counselors.” (Ps 119:24).
frees us from disgrace and contempt. “Free me from
disgrace and contempt, for I keep your testimonies.”
lifts us up from depression. “My soul is depressed;
lift me up according to your word.” (Ps 119:28).
makes us more loving, generous, self-giving. “I will
run the way of your commandments, for you will broaden my
heart.” (Ps 119:32).
tells us what is of true value in life. “Avert my
eyes from what is worthless; by your way give me life.”
gives us hope. “Do not take the word of truth from
my mouth, for in your judgments is my hope.” (Ps 119:43).
emboldens us to witness. “I will speak openly of your
testimonies without fear even before kings.” (Ps 119:46).
comforts us in affliction. “This is my comfort in
affliction, your promise that gives me life.” (Ps
leads us to self-examination and repentance. “I have
examined my ways and turned my steps to your testimonies.”
gives us wisdom and knowledge. “Teach me wisdom and
knowledge, for in your commandments I trust.” (Ps
makes us appreciate the cross and to persevere in suffering.
“It was good for me to be afflicted, in order to learn
your statutes.” (Ps 119:71). “I know, Lord,
that your judgments are righteous; though you afflict me,
you are faithful.” (Ps 119:75).
keeps our eyes focused on salvation and our eternal reward.
“My soul longs for your salvation; I put my hope in
your word.” (Ps 119:81).
guides our path. “Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light for my path.” (Ps 119:105).
keeps us from evil. “Depart from me, you wicked, that
I may keep the commandments of my God.” (Ps 119:115).
helps us get through distress and anguish. “Though
distress and anguish come upon me, your commandments are
my delight.” (Ps 119:143).
gives us peace. “Lovers of your law have much peace;
for them there is no stumbling block.” (Ps 119:165).
brings up back whenever we stray. “I have wandered
like a lost sheep; seek out your servant, for I do not forget
your commandments.” (Ps 119:176).
then should our posture be toward the Bible and God’s
law? “How I love your law, Lord! I study it all day
long.” (Ps 119:97). One way the Lord has given us to
get into the Bible is the Liturgical Bible Study (LBS). One
of our pillars in LCSC is the promotion of this Bible methodology
so that lay Catholics would indeed read, meditate on and study
The Hebrew scriptures were written on scrolls. John talked
about the small scroll, which when swallowed was both sweet
as honey but also sour (Rv 10:9). It was sweet because it
pointed to the salvation and final victory of God’s
people; it was sour because it also pointed to sufferings
on the road to that final victory. The Bible is all about
salvation and our final victory, but it also is about suffering
and pain, in the lives of God’s people, but most especially
for Jesus himself, who suffered on the cross. The word of
God is able to see us through the trials of life, until we
come to that place were there is no more pain or tears.
our earthly walk, prodded by the word of God, we go forth
to proclaim the good news throughout the world. “You
must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues and
kings.” (Rv 10:11). It will be a very big challenge.
We need to be sustained and encouraged by God’s word.
it happen that one day, empowered by the Spirit of God, sustained
by the Bible, doing a massive work of proclaiming Christ and
the gospel, we might be used by God to reach many and help
bring them to salvation, as “all the people were hanging
on his words.” (Lk 19:48b).