Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Lenten Reading

Down in one of the comments boxes, I was asked for ideas for Lenten reading. Disputations stole my thunder. If you haven't read the whole bible, do it now. Start with the gospels if you haven't read them cover-to-cover. In fact, it is a good spiritual practice to carry a small New Testament around with you, and whenever you get a moment (at a red light, in an elevator, in line at the post office), read the gospels. Keep them in continual rotation for the rest of your life.

Do read the Old Testament as well. You won't understand Christ very well if you don't understand Eden, Abraham and Isaac, Joseph in the well, Rahab, Moses, the Red Sea, manna in the desert, Passover, the sacrifices in the temple, David, Samuel, the Psalms (which all speak of Christ), the prophets, Elijah, and the exile. As St. Jerome said, "Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ."

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