Gospel Luke 1:39-56
A reflection on Bible Sunday by Br. Mike Chalmers of the Bible Foundation.
Next Sunday is Bible Sunday and this emphasizes the importance of the Word of God in our lives to transform us to be the best people we can be. Pope Benedict says that the Word of God is the first source of all Christian spirituality. There are four questions we need to ask about ourselves and the Word of God:
Do I own a Bible? About 70% would say – Yes, they own a Bible, but is it covered in dust, never used?
Do I read the Bible frequently? About 50% say that they do read the Bible regularly.
Do I understand what I’m reading? Only about 30% understand what they read.
Do I pray the Bible? Very few practice and put into action what they pray.
Did you understand today’s Gospel? The Magnificat – My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…
Luke was a doctor in Antioch and in his spare time he researched and wrote his Gospel. He looked at the Old Testament and copied some of Hannah’s song after the birth of Samuel, and Psalm 113 as a hymn of praise. He was so impressed with these; he put the song on Mary’s lips. This prayer of Mary and Psalm 113 should also be our prayer.
There is a question from God about us and our relationship with the Word of God – I have set before you life or death, a blessing or a curse, which do you choose? We are invited to respond to this invitation and the Word of God will transform our spiritual lives.
He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver, like a silversmith that holds the silver over the middle of the fire, watching and waiting for it to be purified until he sees his reflection in it. If you feel the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you until He sees His reflection on you.
How can the Bible transform me? Deepen your understanding and appreciation of God. Celebrate Bible Sunday by starting your journey with the Word.