This session is entitled “Catholics and the Bible, Scripture and Tradition, How Catholics Interpret the Bible
1.If you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want to have with you? Why? – It would be easy to put here some silly answer, like a book on boat building, or living off the land, or indigenous species of tropical islands (assuming it was a tropical island). But suppose there were no wood or no way of getting off the island, suppose you were alone and lonely for human companionship. What then? Suppose there was plenty to eat that could be easily picked up and there were plenty of shelters and no wild animals or dangers. Then what? The obvious answer would be a Bible, for it would connect you with your heritage, with someone whom you knew was there on the tropical island with you.
2.Three questions to ask a lector – I have emailed Marianne Bruett for answers.
3. Choose a verse from the Bible and look it up in at least two different translations. How are the translations different? John 16:1
Ignatius: I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
Jerusalem: I have told you all this so that your faith may not be shaken.
NRSV: I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling.
4. Old and New Testament: Exodus 19:3-8 What did God promise in this covenant? If the Israelites obey God and keep His covenant, they will be His treasured possession, a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.
Hebrews 10:15-18 What are some of the promises of the New Covenant? God will write His laws on our hearts and on our minds. He will remember our sins no more.
5.Describe an agreement between you and God. How does this covenant affect you? In my baptism my parents spoke for me, accepting God’s covenant of love for me. I am required to fulfill his commandments, doing my best to avoid sin. In return God promises me eternal life.
6.How do we make our Bible ours? Underlining important passages that speak to us. Reading it often. Holy cards to keep our place.
7.Have you ever been misinterpreted? What would have improved understanding? I have been. Though I have changed the way that I speak, I still am misunderstood. Sometimes people have their own agenda. There are words which set them off and once they hear that word or words, they don’t hear anything else.
8.Name a current expression that could be misunderstood in another place or time. Italian Cherry Tart.
9.Name a favorite custom or tradition of yours. How could this be misinterpreted by someone from another place or time?
10.Notes of commentary. How does that affect your interpretation of the passage? It adds to the understanding, sometimes it shows me that I am thinking about it incorrectly.
11.What do you think of when you hear the word Church? I think of the building, the priest, the people, all together worshiping God. (A community of all those who have been drawn into the life of God., continuing presence of Christ leading people to the vision of God, people with one soul – the Holy Spirit dwelling in their hearts.)
12. Colossians 1:18 – He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
13.1 Peter 2:9-10 -But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
14.So now you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
15.1 Corinthians 3:9 – For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
16.1 Timothy 3:15- If I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.
17. Galatians 3:28- There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave nor free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
18. As a member of the body of Christ, which part are you? Why? Sometimes I am the part which speaks, sometimes the part which listens. Sometimes I am the part which comforts, and sometimes the part that forgives. Sometimes I am the part that prays and sometimes the part that loves. Sometimes I am the part which touches, sometimes I am the part which blesses.