The Holy Spirit Brings Scripture to Life, Says Pope Francis

The Holy Spirit Brings Scripture to Life, Says Pope Francis

At Wednesday’s General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit's work in divine revelation, emphasizing His role in both inspiring and elucidating Sacred Scripture.

Pope Francis explained that the Holy Spirit's involvement goes beyond merely inspiring the Bible; He also “makes them inspiring.”  Pope highlighted this divine inspiration as he discussed the Holy Spirit's role in making the sacred texts “perennially living and active.”

He illustrated this point with a personal example: a passage of Scripture, which might have been read many times without much impact, can suddenly be illuminated by the Holy Spirit when read in an atmosphere of faith and prayer.

 Pope further emphasized that the Church “is nourished by the spiritual reading of Sacred Scripture,” which involves reading under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He described the Church, the Bride of Christ, as the authorized interpreter and authentic proclaimer of the inspired text.

Highlighting the practice of lectio divina, Pope Francis noted that the most profound spiritual reading occurs in the community setting of the liturgy, particularly during the Holy Mass. He stated that among the many words of God heard daily in Mass or the Liturgy of the Hours, there is always one meant especially for each person, capable of illuminating their day and inspiring their prayer when welcomed into the heart.

Concluding his catechesis, Pope Francis shared a thought to help foster a love for the Word of God. Citing Saint Augustine and Saint Gregory the Great, he likened Scripture to a letter from God, continuously expressing His boundless love. He prayed for the Holy Spirit, who inspired the Scriptures and now breathes life into them, to help people grasp God's love in their everyday lives.

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