Aug 152013

By the power of the Gospel, the Spirit enables the Church keep the freshness of youth.

Lumen Gentium Article 4 Paragraph 1 Topic F

The Gospel is Boring

We get the word gospel from the Greek word euangelion which means “good message” or “good news”. The Biblical Gospel refers to the books Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which tell the about the earthly life of Christ Jesus. In a broader sense, Gospel refers to all of the Christian Scriptures as it all relates to the good news of Christ Jesus.

The Gospel is boring without the benefit of the Spirit of Truth. It is like watching a sunset and only thinking of the fact that the sun is not actually setting but the Earth is turning away for the sun and that various colors are caused by light changing direction because of the air molecules and particles in the atmosphere. Why these are the cold true facts, they cannot describe the grandeur of the event. They cannot create emotion. They cannot change a person.

The freshness of what happen thousands of years ago comes alive when we experience it with the aid of the Spirit. Remember how it was just okay when you read a book as a child but the same stories were so much better when someone read them to you? The stories seem to come alive when spoken by someone else.

While there is benefit in reading the Gospel alone, the greater benefit comes when you allow the Spirit to read it to you. Earlier in this chapter, we discussed one of the best ways to do this in the Lectio Divina method. God will speak to you—deep calling to deep—as you read the Scriptures in the Spirit.

We need to be careful though that we don’t get in the way of the Spirit and start interpreting the Bible in a “new” way. Be wary of anyone claiming that have discovered something in the Bible that no one else has ever seen. We already have plenty of cults, enough people being led astray, and plenty of fracturing among the Protestants.

Practical Tips for Being a Lumen Gentium

If you have not begun using Lectio Divina, now would be a good time. I mean right now. Open your Bible to John 14:15-17. Read the passage slowly through the once. Ask questions of the passage? For example, why did Jesus use the word advocate? What does it mean that the both Jesus and the Spirit are advocating for us? And to whom are advocating and why? Knowing that both are advocating, how does that affect your relationship with each member of the Trinity?

And that is just one word from verse 16. Be sure to have your journal close by and read the footnotes and cross-references.

That is one of the best ways to allow the Spirit to read the Gospels to you.

If you feel overwhelmed by the Bible and don’t know where to start reading, try the daily Mass reading available from USCCB website.