Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Read the Bible with Me!

Welcome to the Pauline Family's "Year of the Bible"! I'm reading the Bible clear through this year, and I invite you to read along with me. But first, let us pray: 

Everlasting Father,

All time belongs to you, and all the ages. In signs, in songs, in words of promise, you reassured your chosen ones, “I am with you; fear not.” You taught them through the prophets to trust that your saving deeds were not limited to the past.

When Jesus came, he fulfilled “all that was written in the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”

The Church has found him everywhere in these same holy books.

Help me to find Jesus in my reading today, to listen to him, and to follow him with all my heart.


Today's chapters are Malachi 3 and 4 (or just 3, depending how your Bible is divided).

When I parceled out the chapters, I used a Douay Bible, which follows the Vulgate in dividing Malachi into four chapters, but the New American Bible puts everything into Chapter 3 that's how we'll go. That way if you still have a few leftover chapters from the four-chapter days you can catch up, and we'll finish the Old Testament on the Feast of the Archangels! 

Our reading today begins and ends with the promise of a messenger in the style of the prophet Elijah. At the announcement to the childless priest Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son (the future John the Baptist), the Archangel Gabriel quotes the last words of the Book of Malachi. It is fitting that the last book of the Old Testament would, with those words, usher in the fullness of time.

Start reading here.

If you are looking for a solid but approachable companion to the Bible, I can wholeheartedly recommend A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament by John Bergsma and Brant Pitre. Although the authors are top-level Scripture scholars, they write for "real" readers. Notes include recent findings from archaeology and ancient manuscripts, and how each book of the Bible has been understood by the Church Fathers and used in Liturgy.

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