I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young people,because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:13, 14)
Have you ever received a letter from a loved one, maybe a grandparent, a parent or another guardian or maybe you wrote a letter to someone you hold dear to?
Nowadays, we have email, text messages and instant messenger. Of course, they’re a different form of communication than traditional letters. We use modern phrases like ‘sup?!’ or even modern acronyms such as ‘LOL’, which is interpreted as ‘laugh out loud’. There are various other acronyms to be used as long as the reader understands its intent, which to the reader can be okay within that specific way.
Modern-day phrases are not as intimate as a properly composed personal letter used to be:
Hello, how are you? I was just thinking about you, so I decided to write. How have you been? Please, when you read this message just know I love you and think of you all the time and, if you ever need anything, just ask I will be right here.
Now, take a look at the opening lines; imagine if it was God was saying this to you? Do really you believe the Bible was written in such a personal way? Yes, it is an overall message of salvation, but even more, it is a message to each of us individually. Even the Prophets and the Apostles wrote personal letters to those they were trying to reach out to.
The Bible was written by God or written by man inspired by God or written by God through man. However, you look at it, the Bible was a compassionate partnership in writing.
God inspired the human authors of the sacred books. “To compose the sacred books, God chose certain men who, all the while he employed them in this task, made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more. (CCC 106)
Do you think God was thinking about you while designing creation and writing history which is now our story?. Do you think it is personal? Let’s read Holy Scripture personal like letters from someone we cherish we you can keep the word of God alive in our hearts.
the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book.” Christianity is the religion of the “Word” of God, a word which is “not a written and mute word, but the Word is incarnate and living”. If the Scriptures are not to remain a dead letter, Christ, the eternal Word of the living God, must, through the Holy Spirit, “open [our] minds to understand the Scriptures. (CCC 108)