Favorite Scripture Passages
These are some of my favorite quotes from the Bible. They have helped to illuminate my faith life as well as my everyday life. I hope you enjoy them as well, and use them as incentives to read the Holy Scriptures. They are truly a treasure trove of theology, faith, and wisdom. These passages are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible.
Truly, this passage captures the spirit and love of the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.
In a world often swallowed in darkness, sin and confusion, we often have no where to turn. Jesus is the ray of light, the dawn of hope, that can bring our life from the darkness of sin into the light of everlasting truth and life.
Time and again Jesus reminds us that he is our personal, human link to the Father. As true man and true God, Christ unites us to God the Father in a very personal, intimate and loving way. Jesus Christ is the truth and life of the world.
Water is the refreshing, life-giving element of the world. Our bodies are mostly composed of water, and without it we would surely die. Jesus tells us that if any man thirst for true life let him come to Christ, the life-giving Son of God, who refreshes our hearts and souls. We cannot survive without water, and likewise we cannot survive eternally without Christ.
Christ gives us one of the conditions for salvation. He says that we must keep his word and follow his teachings to receive everlasting life in heaven and at the resurrection.
True freedom, wisdom and truth can only be found in Christ. Those who follow his teachings are his true disciples.
Like doubting Thomas, we sometimes find it hard to believe in Jesus as our Lord and our God. Thomas had the benefit of touching our Lord after the resurrection, but we do not. Nevertheless, God has granted us the gift of faith through grace, and blessed those who believe without seeing.
We must remember that God the Father has given us life as well as God the Son. Jesus is our personal link between man and the divine, loving God.
The Bible clearly points to Peter as the foundation stone of the Catholic Church. Jesus changes Simon’s name to Peter, which means rock, to show the disciples and the world that Peter and his successors are the visible leaders of the one true church.
Jesus teaches us that Baptism of water and the Spirit is necessary for our salvation.
Jesus Christ has given us his body and blood in the Eucharistic bread and wine. Through the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ’s intimate presence in the Eucharist, we receive everlasting life.
Jesus gives the disciples his body and blood through the Eucharistic banquet. Jesus is the paschal lamb, the true sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. Happy are those who are called to his supper.
The Jewish prophet Malachias (or Malachi as he is sometimes called) prophesies the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass, which occurs every day throughout the Catholic Church. The offering up of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharistic sacrifice for forgiveness of sin, is truly the most perfect and clean oblation to the Lord.
Jesus is the good shepherd who watches over his children, and laid down his life for the forgiveness of sin and redemption of his flock.
Here, Christ teaches us a very important truth. Sometimes it is tempting to follow the "rules" of the Bible and give hollow testimony to Christ to try to get salvation. But, if a person is not honest and truthful with themselves and Christ, how can true faith be borne? Hollow faith, shallow testimony, and superfluous biblical study can save no one.
—2 Peter 1:20
Our first pope, St. Peter, expounds the cardinal rule of Catholic bible study. Sacred Scripture is of tremendous advantage to the faithful as long as it is not abused. Those who seek to interpret the bible’s theology without the guidance of the Church read the Bible to their own destruction. The Holy Spirit can only guarantee proper interpretation to the Church as a whole. Guided by the Spirit, the Catholic Church outlines the theology and doctrine of the Bible along with Sacred Tradition. By familiarizing ourselves with the teachings of the Catholic Church, we can better read Sacred Scripture to our advantage.
—2 Peter 3:16
Again St. Peter warns us not to seek self-interpretation of the scriptures, without the guidance of the Catholic Church. Christ’s doctrines and teachings are sacred and should not be altered or misinterpreted. In fact, the Protestant and Orthodox churches have attempted to interpret Sacred Scripture without the guidance of the Church. To their destruction, they assume that the Holy Spirit will guide them to proper interpretation of the Bible’s teachings. Yet, the thousands of denominations (which continue to grow at an ever-increasing rate) preach conflicting doctrine and often change their doctrines with the changing winds of the time. St. Peter forewarned us of these consequences. A true Christian would heed his word and follow the teachings of the ancient, universal Catholic Church.
—1 Timothy 3:15
Here, St. Paul tells Timothy to trust in the Church as the pillar and foundation of truth. Without the Church there is no pillar of truth. This teaching collaborates with St. Peter’s teaching that the Church is the foundation of doctrine, theology and morals. The Church guides its members, and instructs them on matters of faith and morals. Sacred Scripture, when read within the doctrine of the Church, can then assist us on matters of faith, morals and teaching.
—2 Thessalonians 2:14
St. Paul tells us that the source of Christian doctrine and Church teachings comes from the verbal words of the apostles and the written word contained in scripture. These two sources, Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, comprise the deposit of faith of the Catholic Church. When apostolic Tradition is combined with Sacred Scripture, the full meaning and interpretation of Christ’s teachings are in harmony. St. Paul refers to apostolic Tradition and not the vain tradition of men (such as that of the Pharisees) condemned by Christ. Sacred Tradition is passed down within the Catholic Church, and can be found in the writings of the Church Fathers.
St. James’ epistle was probably written to the general Church (as opposed to previous letters, which were written to individual parishes) as a response to the misinterpretation of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. In today’s modern times, many Protestant denominations feel that faith alone is sufficient to achieve justification and salvation. St. James’ epistle clearly indicates that both faith and good works accomplish justification of the believer. The epistle of St. James is a testimony against the folly of those who interpret Scripture without submission to the holy Catholic Church.
—1 Corinthians 13:13
St. Paul tells us that the three supernatural virtues are faith, hope and charity. The Catholic Church teaches that these three supernatural virtues are borne from the gift of grace given by the Holy Spirit at a believer’s baptism. St. Paul holds that charity is superior to faith and hope because charity is the essence of love, upon which faith and hope rest.
At some time in our life, the tongue has victimized us all. The old axiom that, "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me," is completely false. Evil words of friends, family and enemies can truly hurt and offend. The wisdom of Ben Sirach warns us to bite our tongues! (Incidentally, the book of Ecclesiasticus is missing from most Protestant translations. Protestants feel that this book is an apocryphal book and has no place within the canon of the Bible; consequently they removed it shortly after the Protestant Reformation. The Catholic Church has ruled that Ecclesiasitcus is an inspired book of the Bible and has been part of the canon for nearly 2000 years.)
Holy Bible. Douay-Rheims Version. Rockford, Illinois: TAN Books and Publishers Inc, 1989.
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