“I will mediate in thy precepts.” Psalm 119:15
Though I’m not Catholic, I often find that the Pope still serves as an outstanding spokesman to the world regarding morality and Spiritual values. This week Pope Benedict XVI was quoted as saying “the world financial system is built on sand.” He’s taken measures to focus on “solid reality”, as he calls God’s Word, by summoning Italy to read the Bible aloud on television all this week. Reading and meditating on God’s Word is the best way to counter the disheartening headlines bombarding us 24/7. Our eternal hope is in God’s Word, the work of the Cross of Christ, and the promises we have through faith in Him!
Below is an excerpt from an article in yesterday’s London Times Online. The entire article can be found at this link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4893190.ece
“‘The Pontiff said the banking collapse shows that ‘money is nothing’
by Richard Owen in Rome
Pope Benedict XVI today said that the global credit crisis shows that the world’s financial systems are “built on sand” and that only the works of God have “solid reality”. Opening a Synod of Bishops in the Vatican the Pope referred to a passage from St Matthew’s Gospel on false prophets, saying ”He who builds only on visible and tangible things like success, career and money builds the house of his life on sand”.
He added: ”We are now seeing, in the collapse of major banks, that money vanishes, it is nothing. All these things that appear to be real are in fact secondary. Only God’s words are a solid reality”. He was referring to Jesus’s words in Matthew Chapter 7, beginning “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
On Sunday the pontiff launched a marathon reading of the Bible on Italian television at the basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome by reading aloud the opening passages of Genesis. More than 1,200 people are reading the entire Old and New Testaments from beginning to end this week, including Church and political figures, actors and volunteers from all walks of life drawn from the ranks of Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims.”
“We would be better Christians if we spent more time alone, waiting on God and gathering, through meditation on His Word, spiritual strength for labour in His service.”
Let’s build our hope and very lives on the gift of His Word, by reading and applying it today!