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Understanding the Scriptures at Santuario Eucaristico

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Many Catholics frequent the church to receive the sacraments but only a few fully understand the Sacred Scriptures. The Santuario Eucaristico, in its goal to deepen the spirituality of its parishioners successfully launched the plotted bible conference dubbed as “Understanding the Eucharist” last July 20, 2013. Fr. Joel R. Lasutaz, SSS, the Parish Priest and Shrine Rector, inspired by the Holy Spirit through the tools written by Dr. Scott Han began sharing his knowledge about the bible at exactly 9:00 AM.

Armed with his theological background and Dr. Han’s book “Understanding the Scriptures: A Complete Course On Bible Study”, Fr. Joel started his discussion by letting his audience understand the meaning of the word “covenant”. The formal discussion continued with the question “what is the bible?” Fr. Joel emphasized that the bible is a revelation of the God in Jesus Christ through Scripture and Tradition as one source. “Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit and Tradition transmits on its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ.” (Dei Verbum II). Furthermore, the rector stressed that the Word of God as it is written on oral form is interpreted authentically by the magisterium of the Church since the scripture or the bible has to be read and explained in the Church. There are 73 books in the bible and it speaks of the history of God’s plan for our salvation. According to Fr. Joel, at Pentecost, God poured out the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, and because of that gift, the Holy Spirit continues to inspire the Church. Catholics believe that the bible is 1) the inspired Word of God, 2) the Living Word of God, and 3) the Infallible Word of God. “In Sacred Scripture, therefore, while the truth and holiness of God always remains intact, the marvelous “condescension” of eternal wisdom is clearly shown, “that we may learn the gentle kindness of God, which words cannot express, and how far He has gone in adapting His language with thoughtful concern for our weak human nature.” For the words of God, expressed in human language, have been made like human discourse, just as the Word of the eternal Father, when He took to Himself the flesh of human weakness, was in every way made like men”. (Pope John Paul II, Dei Verbum 13)

The parishioners intently listened to Fr. Joel’s explanation and they also took down notes about the things that they have learned. They began to understand that no matter what the literary techniques, stories, poems, and figurative language the bible has written, it speaks of one source, one message and that is God’s boundless love for humankind that he breathed the Holy Spirit to empower His apostles to write about His Divine Salvation Plan.

After the question and answer portion, Fr. Joel announced that they had to stop at that certain point and continue their discussion on September, the next scheduled Bible Conference.  (Amy Go)

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