I haven’t taken the time to differentiate reading the bible versus studying the bible. It’s important to know which mode you’re in when you open the good book. I’m absolutely guilty of doing too much reading for awhile with not enough study or doing too much study and forgetting to just lose myself in reading the bible.
We need to do both of these and not get too stuck in just one of these modes. But it’s also important to make a conscious decision about which type of reading you’re doing when you sit down. Are you just going to read and let the words wash over you? Are you going to read quickly and take in big chunks? Or are you going to read slowly and really try to understand each verse that you’re reading? Maybe you’re going to have some reference materials with you while you read so you can fully understand the context of what you’re reading.
Make time for both these types of reading and make sure you know which one you’re tackling when you sit down!
MY BIBLE REFLECTION:
“Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled and to fall from your own stability. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory now and to the day of eternity.” 2 Peter 3:17-18
Man I wish I could sit down at the feet of the apostles and listen to them talk to me all day long. I would just soak up their wisdom. I love how they give us challenges wrapped in love. “Do not be led into the error of the unprincipled.” This is so important to be aware of. One of the things I love about Catholicism the most is the authority that Church has and the surety that the Church gives us.
If you have a question, you can go find the RIGHT answer. You don’t have to guess and interpret things for yourself. When we let ourselves put our own interpretation on things or listen to someone else’s own interpretation, we run the danger of just getting it wrong. I love that you can turn to approved sources of the Church to learn whatever you want to know about our Catholic tradition!
“Grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.” There’s such warmth and hope in that statement. I feel so comforted by God’s great love and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. It just gives me the get up and go to tackle my day! Can you tell I’m in a cheerier mood today?!?! Jesus sneaks into my heart and does that to me!