|The Bible: A light in our lives|
Catholics recognize that the biblical writers, in the light of their culture, used various forms of communication or literary forms (e.g., poetry, drama, historical narrative, fiction) to communicate certain religious truths about God, the universe and ourselves.
The two creation stories communicate certain truths: God is the absolute creator; everything God made is good; evil comes from human sin; men and women are equal in dignity, etc. The literary form the ancient writer chose derived from the Babylonian culture with which he was familiar.
Fundamentalists also ask: Why does the Church repeat the sacrifice of the Mass? Didn’t Jesus die once and for all? Yes! But at the Last Supper, Jesus said: “Do this in memory of me.” We re-experience the one saving sacrifice of Jesus at every Mass until Jesus Christ comes again in glory at the end-time.
May the Bible, the Word of God in human form, nurture our faith. May we all learn more deeply our love for the scriptures; enthusiasm for proclaiming the Word of God; and the need we all have for friendships with God and our fellow human beings.