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The aim of the Biblical Apostolate is to offer opportunities for all to read and engage with the Bible as a life giving encounter with God, leading to a deeper lived relationship with God.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
For Christians, the Bible is more than a collection of ancient stories. It is not a static document, but a living text which continues to speak to us today.
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Centre for Christian Spirituality - Weekly video reflections on the Sunday Scriptures
The aim of the Biblical Apostolate in the Diocese of Broken Bay is to offer opportunities for all to read and engage with the Bible as a life giving encounter with God, leading to a deeper lived relationship with God. All are encouraged to grow in knowledge and understanding of sacred Scripture, and in applying Scripture to everyday life.
The Diocese of Broken Bay is an associate member of the Catholic Biblical Federation.
- NRSV Online Bible [bible.oremus.org]
- Mass Readings this Week [universalis.com/australia]
- Commentary on Sunday Readings [theemmausseries.com]
- Commentary on Daily Readings [livingspace.sacredspace.ie]
- Commentary for Children and Families [loyolapress.com]
- Weekly Lectio Divina Guide [carmelites.org.au]
Praying the Scriptures in Lent lectio divina Resource
The Diocese of Broken Bay Lenten resource is based around the practice of lectio divina as a way of reading the Scriptures that is prayerful and transformative.
In 2017, a number of Australian Bishops have generously offered reflections on the Gospels of Lent and Easter Sunday as part of this resource.
Contributions have been given by:
- Bishop Paul Bird, CSsR
- Bishop Eugene Hurley
- Bishop Peter Ingham
- Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE
- Bishop Michael McCarthy
- Bishop Greg O’Kelly, SJ
- Bishop Anthony Randazzo
The resource is available online via the link below, and includes a booklet in PDF format, as well as weekly videos of the Bishops' reflections.
Scripture Reflections - Centre for Christian Spirituality
Weekly video reflections are offered by the Centre for Christian Spirituality. These short videos offer the text of the Gospel, a commentary, space for personal reflection and a conversation regarding application of the Gospel to our lives.
Access the resource a the Centre for Christian Spirituality Page.
Living Biblically in a Secular World
Archbishop Mark Coleridge presents a formation series on the Bible, showing how the Scriptures offer insight and wisdom into the contemporary issues we experience today, and the capacity of God’s word to transform our lives. In 2016, the topics focus on Mercy in the Scriptures. View lectures.
Families and the Bible
At the Faith and Families Forums held in March 2015, a workshop was held to discuss ways in which parishes can assist families in engaging with the Bible. The handout from this workshop can be downloaded from the Children and Scripture page.
Resources on Mark's Gospel
A list of resources on Mark’s Gospel is available from the Bible Study page.
So many Biblical resources are now available for tablets and smartphones that it can be hard to work out exactly what is offered. This guide has been put together to help sort through the details. Consider downloading some of these for easy access to the Bible. For other suggestions on Apps, please visit http://catholicapptitude.org/
John's Gospel Conference Presentations Online
The presentations from the 2014 Broken Bay Bible Conference “The Gospel of John – Joy Made Complete” are available online. View Presentations
Bible Reading Plans
Below are some plans and ideas which offer an opportunity to begin a new habit of reading the Bible.
50th Anniversary of Dei Verbum 1965 – 2015
2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation which speaks about the revelation of God’s word through Scripture, Tradition and Church teaching. Read this document at the Documents Page.
“For the words of God, expressed in human language, have been made like human discourse, just as the word of the eternal Father, when He took to Himself the flesh of human weakness, was in every way made like men.” (DV 11)
- “Hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith” 50th Anniversary of Dei Verbum in 2015 (Broken Bay News April 2015) [PDF/ 90KB]
- “The Living Word” is a project undertaken to mark the 50th anniversary of Dei Verbum as a joint partnership of America Magazine and the American Bible Society. A series of articles and videos are available.
- 90-day reading plan - read the whole story of the Bible across 14 books
- Read the Bible in a year
- Read the liturgical readings each day
- Read the liturgical readings each day – using an app
- Sign up to read the daily gospel – in email inbox daily
- Purchase book “God’s Word 2016” with daily readings
- An Introduction to each of the books of the Bible can be helpful
- Lenten Challenge - Read the New Testament in 40 Days
Note: Some liturgical resources are from the USA. Whilst readings are the same, the Australian liturgical information can be found at http://liturgybrisbane.net.au/this-weeks-ordo/. In the liturgy in Australia, the Jerusalem Bible translation is used.
For enquiries on the Biblical Aposolate in the Diocese of Broken Bay, please contact:
Executive Officer, Biblical Apostolate Committee
Telephone: 9847 0474