Here is what I do. This is just me, but maybe it will help someone.
I have a Bible which I read daily at breakfast. I make my bowl of food, a cup of coffee, and read as I eat. I usually sit for a few minutes and read further after I am done eating, especially if the story is good like the exploits of King David.
I don’t try to figure things out. If my forehead gets all wrinkled and I’m trying to figure out what something means, I’m working too hard. First of all, at 5:30 in the morning I’m tired, so I just read, that’s all. If something piques my interest, I write it down for later study.
The other day I noticed in 1 Kings 13:10 that someone went to see the king and then “Returned by another way.” I remembered that the Maji followed the star to Herod but “Returned by another way”, and remembered that some other character a few chapters back “Returned the way he had come, by the same road”.
Rather than try to figure it out, I just made a note on my whiteboard, “1 Kings 13:10 - return by another way” and didn’t try to figure it out - not at 5:45 AM anyway. The phrase “return by another way” has stuck with me for a few days, and I have reflected on it as I drive and while I’m in the shower, and I think it means repentance, but I have to study it more. That will have to wait for another day.
I was leaving the store last night and decided that I would return home “by another way”. I have no idea why I did it, but I smiled as I turned right instead of left, took the back roads home instead of the main road, and prayed a little while I drove. :shrug: That’s a little example of how scripture becomes part of one’s life.
***For the word of God is living *and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
I believe this, that scripture is alive with the spirit of God. Scripture doesn’t just describe God. Scripture isn’t a collection of words about God. The word spirit comes from the Latin word spiritus, which means breath. The Holy Spirit is the life-giving breath of God, and Scripture is the breathed word of God. It is alive, and God is able to act through Scripture. The Holy Spirit is able to act in our lives, able to impart wisdom and breathe life giving grace into our lives through the scriptures.
Some Catholics say that such ideas about scripture are nonsense, that I’ve been hanging around too many Protestants or Evangelicals. I say that they are missing out on a great gift to modern man from God - the widespread avialablity of God speaking directly to man through the scriptures.
Catholics who don’t take advantage of this source of grace are not going to hell. They aren’t bad people, and they are not doing anything wrong. I just think they are missing out, that’s all.