Verse-by-Verse Analysis: a personal bible study method

August 15, 2009

Slide on verse-by-verse analysis:

some examples:


How to be Realistic

October 15, 2008

just want to share a reflection by Pope on the Word of God, wonderful. Since my background is engineering/science, there is always a tendency to see reality as what I can see and touch, something visible and tangible. Is this not we all experience? the Pope has something to say for our world today 🙂 He invited us to build our lives not on sand (you will be surprised with what he says when he refer to building on sand), but build our lives on solid ROCK, which is the Word of God. This is what he said to be “realist”ic. Enjoy


Dear Brothers in the Episcopacy,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At the beginning of our Synod the Liturgy of the Hours proposes a passage from Psalm 18 on the Word of God: praise for His Word, expression of the joy of Israel in learning it and, in it, to learn about His will and His face. I would like to meditate on a few verses of this Psalm with you.

It begins like this: “In aeternum, Domine, verbum tuum constitutum est in caelo… firmasti terram, et permanet”. This refers to the solidity of the Word. It is solid, it is the true reality on which we must base our life. Let us remember the words of Jesus who continues the words of this Psalm: “Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away”. Humanly speaking, the word, my human word, is almost nothing in reality, but a breath. As soon as it is pronounced, it disappears. It seems like nothing. But already the human word has incredible force. It is words that create history, it is words that form thoughts, the thoughts that create the word. It is the word that forms history, reality.

Even more, the Word of God is the foundation of everything, it is the true reality. And to be realistic, we must rely upon this reality. We must change our notion that matter, solid things, things we can touch, is the most solid, the most certain reality. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord speaks to us about the two possible foundations for building the house of one’s life: sand and rock. He who builds on sand only builds on visible and tangible things, on success, on career, on money. Apparently these are the true realities. But all this one day will vanish. We can see this now with the fall of two large banks: this money disappears, it is nothing. And thus all things, which seem to be the true realities we can count on, are only realities of a secondary order. Who builds his life on these realities, on matter, on success, on appearances, builds upon sand. Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, it is as stable as the heavens and more than the heavens, it is reality. Therefore, we must change our concept of realism. The realist is he who recognizes the Word of God, in this apparently weak reality, as the foundation of all things. Realist is he who builds his life on this foundation, which is permanent. Thus the first verses of the Psalm invite us to discover what reality is and how to find the foundation of our life, how to build life.

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ps. the whole reflection is beautiful, don’t missed it.

When God speaks, he always seeks a response

October 7, 2008

I have been waiting for this synod since its announcement last year. You can read the wonderful homily by Pope on the Word of God.

Money crisis: Material things will pass away

October 7, 2008

This is the Pope address on the synod on the Word of God