When 30% of our Mass is made up of readings or words and phrases from the Bible why do we need
to have a Bible study group? We are lucky in Portico to have a priest who does a great job of
breaking the Word of God with us at Mass, but others aren’t so fortunate and someday we might
be the `others.` Pope Francis asks Catholics to read the Bible and has even personally distributed
copies of the New Testament to Catholics who came to hear him. St. Jerome said, “Ignorance of Scripture
is ignorance of Christ.” The writer Joyce Hugget said in her book, `Listening to God,`
I had turned from meditating on the shepherding of Jesus to contemplate the Transfiguration. Embedded in Matthew’s account of this unique revelation of Jesus’ glory, lay a command which I had never bumped into before: `There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became a white as the light …… and a voice from the cloud said, `This is my Son, whom I love; with him am I well pleased. Listen to him! `I looked at this verse long and hard and found it difficult to believe that it does not say, `This is my dear Son, talk to him. `Nor does it read, `This is my dear Son, ask him for things. ` Neither does it encourage, `This is my dear Son, tell him your diagnosis when someone is sick. ` No. It reads, `This is my Son …… Listen to him.`
To read the scriptures is one way that we can `Listen to him. `To study the scriptures is a way that we can listen to him more attentively, especially if we approach this study with a prayerful heart. When we do this together with others, then surely we can hope to listen to him speak in our midst as he assured us that, ` For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Every Tuesday [except during August] at 7.30 p.m. [unless there is a Mass at 7.30, when our meeting will follow the Mass]. Meetings take place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
The people who attend are all very different. Some say very little, and some are more outspoken, but everyone gets a chance to speak, if they wish. More importantly everyone is listened to. Some people tell me that they just love to listen to what others have to say. There are some deeply profound moments and there is also a great capacity for laughter. Many of us have had our long held ideas challenged by what we hear, and feel that this has enriched our faith. Some of the faces we knew from church became new friends. A Bible study group sounds very dry indeed, but I for one can assure you that it is anything but. We don’t want to keep this good thing to ourselves, so please take that first step, and you’ll be made extremely welcome.
If you would like any further information then phone Ken on 01744820654.