Don’t just read the Bible. Live it.

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Word Alive–Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD January 24, 2021/Bible Sunday

January 18-24 is National Bible Week and culminates this Sunday.

A man once bragged that he read the Bible from cover to cover several times. But someone remarked, “People who read the Bible from cover to cover, know only the cover.”

Just reading the Bible is not enough. What’s most important is to ponder God’s message or what He is telling you and apply it in everyday life.

For instance, after reading Jesus’ messages to forgive not just seven times but 70 times 7 (meaning unlimited) or “Honor your father and mother,” or “You shall not kill…steal,” you should then put these into practice considering these as the will of God.

Let us remember that the teachings of God as contained in the Bible are there not as a burden, a “killjoy” or restriction of our freedom but rather serve to guide us and work for our own personal good and, collectively, as a nation.

Take, for instance, God’s command of fidelity to one’s spouse. Some men feel restricted of their freedom to enjoy the company of other women or worse, grossly disregarding the vows they professed in marriage. Infidelity, however, inflicts deep emotional wounds, bitter quarrels, which leads to a broken family.

Moreover, God’s command, “You shall not steal,” is imposed not only to curb greed or shun graft and corruption but also the unabated violation of the command leads to the country’s economic poverty and eventual perdition.

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When you think about it, there’s no other choice but to follow God’s will since it shows us the path to eternal life and true happiness. Not following His will is like an atheist (non-believer) who, when he dies, is all dressed up in the coffin but nowhere to go!

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When Jesus’ countrymen turned their backs on a hard teaching about giving his Body and Blood as spiritual food and drink, the Lord said to his apostles, “Do you also want to go?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom do we go, you have the words of eternal life and we have come to believe in you.” If you live a selfish, worldly and vice-ridden life, you will end up in eternal perdition. As a witty man puts it, “You will party in Hell but you will be the barbecue.” But, providentially, there’s hope of salvation, that is, if we REPENT, make reparation, and live a new life in Christ.

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LAUGH WITH GOD. A small boy asked a friend why his 80-year old grandma was always reading the Bible. He replied: “Because she’s cramming for her Final Exam!”

Note: The Bible should not be read only when one is in the “pre-departure area” but must be read constantly as guide to God’s Kingdom.

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Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible? Ans: Samson. He brought the house down.

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible? A. Moses. Because he broke all 10 Commandments at once. (That is, when he threw down the stone tablet inscribed with the 10 Commandments)

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds.

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FAMILY TV MASS–is aired on TV5 One-Sport Channel 59, Free TV Ch. 6 at 6-7 a.m. Sunday and anytime at “MCFI SVD Media” Account on YouTube and Facebook Page. Priest presider: FR. ALFREDO ROLLON, SVD.

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The FAMILY that prays together stays together

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