VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops on the Bible heard an unusual suggestion Tuesday morning when a Hong Kong observer asked Pope Benedict to start up his own daily blog on Scripture.
Agnes Kam Leng Lam, president of the Catholic Biblical Association of Hong Kong, said people need to experience Scripture in small but significant doses.
“To put it in a nutshell, I’d like to suggest to you Holy Father to start a multi-language blog to shepherd today’s world by scriptural verses, daily verses,” she said on the synod floor. The pope’s blog should include simple reflections that relate Scripture to real-life situations, she said.
Lam included advice that’s probably good for any blogger: “Remember, brief texts, Holy Father, and plentiful images, and this will be very attractive to the young generation and to today’s people.”
The talk apparently provoked a positive reaction and some laughter, but the pope, who was presiding over the Oct. 5-26 assembly, didn’t say whether he’d be blogging anytime soon.
That would be great. I think it would be the largest blog of all time. I think it will happen one day with some Pope.
Catholic Healing Prayer
It would be wonderful if Benedict simply told the stories of the Bible, but it is not possible to attach a simple single meaning to a Bible passage or a story.
You cannot attach a single simple meaning to any of God’ creations. A rose or a a wale or a glacier each mean something, but you cannot simply spell it out.
Old Testament stories are not necessarily parables.
The story of Jonah who did not want to preach and how he sat under the vine sulking! And Balaam? And one or two poems by Isaiah: “Watchman, what of the night?”