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Sunday Scripture Readings, Oct. 17, 2010

By Sharon K. Perkins
Catholic News Service


October 17, Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Cycle C Readings:

1) Exodus 17:8-13

Psalm 121:1-8

2) 2 Timothy 3:14 to 4:2

Gospel: Luke 18:1-8

I was raised a Catholic, and like many Catholic homes in the 1960s, we had a family Bible -- the huge coffee table size with the red cover, gold-edged pages and photos of the popes and cardinals in the front.

It was not very portable, and I think we only read from it at Christmastime. Fortunately for me, we also owned a children's illustrated Bible through which my imagination became absorbed with all the colorful stories of salvation history.

It wasn't until I met friends in high school who read the Bible regularly that I discovered what I had been missing. The words on the page came alive as the Holy Spirit helped me find comfort, insight and direction through the text -- and the more I read, the more I encountered Jesus, the living Word.

After more than 30 years of reading, studying and praying with the Bible, I still discover treasures in the words of Scripture. Even so, I admit that I'm not as persistent or consistent as I could be. When I find prayer wearisome or my devotional life drying up, I, like Moses in today's first reading, require some help and support.

That's when a good prayer partner, spiritual director or Bible study group "props up" the arms of my resolve so that I can again turn to the Scriptures and become "equipped for every good work."

By allowing the inspired truths, promises and even challenges of the Bible to permeate my prayer, I am also better able to "proclaim the word" to others.

These days, I own several different versions of the Bible, and all of them are quite a bit smaller and more portable than that coffee table volume from my childhood. The most portable version, however, is the one that I carry around in my head and my heart, ever reminding me to be faithful to what I have learned and believed.

QUESTIONS:

When is the last time that the words of the Scriptures came alive for you? What kinds of support do you need to have a better understanding of the Bible and a more fruitful prayer life?

SCRIPTURE TO BE ILLUSTRATED:

"You have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation" (2 Timothy 3:15).

END



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