As we strive to live as missionary disciples, we remember that all of us - pastors, parish staff, leadership teams/committees, and parishioners – must continually strive to deepen our relationship with Christ, especially through the reflection, sharing, and study of Scripture.
Because of this need, our diocesan Catechetical Services department is working to learn more about the current level of engagement with Scripture among the faithful of our diocese. Beginning the week of November 12-18, 2017, National Bible Week, the Catechetical Services department is sponsoring a Scripture Engagement Survey.
All adult Catholics in the diocese are encouraged to take time to complete this short survey.
Message from Bishop Edward J. Burns for National Bible Week
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the Bishop of Dallas, I prayerfully celebrate and support your commitment to study the Word of God.
Use this Bible to come to know the ageless Truth and the Light of faith, to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, and to be moved to mercy, forgiveness and love.
This is our book and we have based our Catholic faith upon it. Through the work of prophets and sages, poets and apostles, God inspired these words to be written for our benefit. As Luke tells us in his Gospel:
“When [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.” (Luke 4:16-22, NRSV)
May the Word of God shape the way you live your life, practice the Catholic faith, and serve others.
Blessings upon you, your lifelong journey of discipleship, and all those who will be enriched by your faith and love.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edward J. Burns
Bishop of Dallas