[quote="sonoftherosary, post:11, topic:335844"]
Thank you tremendously for all the responses.
But I feel as if I still don't understand. My specific question is this: When I am trying to read through the Gospels to understand something, what do I do if I come across a verse or passage that I don't understand. Is there a good faithful Catholic website that I can type the Bible verse into in order to understand its meaning. Should go to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and look up the Bible passage in the catechism?
For example, there are many very easy passages in the Bible - such as the Prodigal Son and the Parable Good Shepard (everyone knows what these two passages mean) but what about more difficult passages?? Like the passage about salt in Luke 14:34-35 or the passage about Purse, Bag, and Sword in Luke 22:35-38.... and then there was that passage where Jesus said something about "Women, do not weep for me but weep for your children" or the passage about Luke 12:57-59...
When I encounter a passage in the Bible that I don't understand, where do I go? What are the steps that I take? Is there a FREE online website that I can go to? Should I post that particle passage onto Catholic Answers Forum and wait for a response - how do I know if that response is faithful to the Catholic Church/Magisterium?
Can someone please outline for me a step-by-step method for when I read a passage of the Bible that I don't understand? Do you know where to get a cheap or free Catechism of the Catholic Church?
Furthermore, I have been given advice on reading the CHurch father's commentaries - I have a problem with this - what if I can't understand the commentaries? Aren't they written in very high leveled, complicated language?
Is there a product (a cheap CD or video) made by Catholic Answers or EWTN that can guide me through every single verse of the Gospels?
And someone suggested that I buy the Ignatius Catholic Study BIble - I can't! It's so expensive. I already have the RSV-CE.... I am frustrated. please help me.
I think that the simplest solution to your question will be this...
When you have a question, come here and post it. Specifically ask for Catholic commentary references and not just the input/insights of the good folks here.
Very quickly I suspect that you will find two things...
1) Certain folks here always give good answers and
2) You will find yourself sent to the same site(s) over and over for further reading.
Then - you will likely pick one or two sites and start exploring them on your own....
Either that or you will find that you have so much fun discussing things here that you won't ever stop....
Anyway - that's my idea....