The study of Sacred Scripture is vital for Catholics. St. Jerome stated that “ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ”. To come to know and love Jesus better we should read more of the Old Testament, the preparatory narrative for the coming of Jesus, and the New Testament, the story of the arrival and redemptive action of Jesus.
Here at St. Francis Xavier Parish of Acushnet, we offer scriptural study, or Bible Study, seasonally. Our own Deacon David Pepin delves deeply into certain sections of the Bible to instruct parishioners who are seeking a greater understanding of Sacred Scripture.
Catholic Bible study is distinct from other bible studies. Catholics study the Bible in the context of Sacred Tradition. Sacred Tradition accounts for all the teachings of Christ and the Apostles that were built into the earliest practice of the Christian faith, but which may or may not be explicit in the Bible. This tradition has been practiced and passed on since Apostolic times through the actions of a Holy Spirit-filled Catholic Church.
The study that Deacon Dave presents will draw from the wellspring of our faith: both scripture and tradition. This is our heritage as Catholics. This heritage does not lead us astray into a stubborn and false personal interpretation because it follows the great perception of St. Peter our very first Pope: “First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2Pt 1:20)