What’s your favorite book of the Bible? Do you have one? Do you read it often enough to choose? Or do you find yourself being the stereotypical Catholic who never reads the Bible on his own?
I love the book of Sirach, also called Ecclesiasticus. It’s my favorite book of the Old Testament. Not found in Protestant Bibles, Sirach is part of the section known as Wisdom Literature. It contains sage advice for many different areas of life. We often hear readings from Sirach on the feast of the Holy Family.
It’s more difficult for me to choose a favorite from the New Testament. As I child and teenager, I memorized the first 15 chapters of Matthew (minus the genealogy at the beginning). I can still recite most of it.
But I’m really a fan of St. Paul. St. Paul was a brilliant writer, as well as a brilliant theologian. I love the way he interprets the Old Testament in light of Christ, his firm insistence on the truth, and the way he weaves a theme throughout the pages of an individual letter.
Holy Week is the perfect time to start reading the Bible more often, if you haven’t been doing it much lately. If you need some motivation, here’s an early posts of mine on 10 Reasons Catholics should read the Bible.
Now, tell me in the comments what your favorite book of the Bible is and why.