“To follow Jesus, mere good works are not enough; we have to listen daily to his call. He, who alone knows us and who loves us fully, leads us to push out into the depth of life. That is why we need His word: So that we can hear, amid the thousands of other words in our daily lives, that one word that speaks to us not about things, but about life.”
– Pope Francis
On Sept. 30, 2019, Pope Francis issued the apostolic letter “ Aperuit Illis” instituting the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time each year as the Sunday of the Word of God, “devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the word of God.”
The Pope’s purpose in instituting this “yearly event”—which he explains should rather be viewed as “a year-long event”—is to encourage all of us “to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord.”
We recently had the opportunity to talk with a few of the seminarians at The Pontifical College Josephinum and asked them to share with us their favorite bible verse, and why.
‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’ This verse from Paul is the standard and goal of our Christian discipleship. It reminds us that we have nothing to offer on our own, but must learn to get out of the way and let Him work through us.
I suppose my answer depends on the day you ask me, but I would have to say that Romans chapter eight is one of the best chapters in the Bible. In it, Saint Paul reminds us of just how much God loves us. There are so many quotable parts to it. I really encourage you to read it. And remember, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!” (Romans 8:1).
My favorite verse is Isaiah 64:3. “No ear has ever heard, nor eye ever seen, any God but you working for such deeds who wait for him.” This is my favorite Bible verse because it is a constant reminder for me that I will one day share in God’s own life because of his grace.
Gal 2:19-20 – “I have been crucified with Christ, yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me. Insofar as I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.” I think this verse pretty much speaks for itself.
John 6:53 – “So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.'” This verse, part of the bread of life discourse, played a major role in my conversion to the Church. I was previously part of a non-denominational church that didn’t believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. When I first read this verse I realized that my religious beliefs, though Christian, were very far out of line with what God actually taught us about His plan for salvation.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). Jesus explains the life the prodigal son is living and wastes all the money his father gives him. But when he realizes what he has done, he runs back home to be with his father and brother. When his father sees him running back from a distance, he too starts running towards him and embraces him. It reminds us of how merciful our loving Father is and is ready to shower his blessings on us when we turn away from our sinful life and turn towards Him.