A marathon reading of the Bible is well underway in St. Martinville in the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana. The “Jubilee of the Word” marathon in the town square is one of its events to close out the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which ends Sunday.
For the “Jubilee of the Word” marathon in St. Martinville, the Bible is being read publicly cover to cover without pause. It began yesterday at 6 a.m. (local time) and will ending on Sunday, the feast of Christ the King at 8 p.m. (local time). Over 250 lectors from the Lafayette Diocese, joined by members of other faith communities, were scheduled to read for 20-minute intervals.
“This celebration of the Word will bring together Catholics, Baptists, nondenominational Christians and members of the Jewish faith for the purpose of proclaiming, reflecting on and marinating in the holy word of God,” said Father Michael Champagne, superior of the Community of Jesus Crucified.
The religious community, based in the Lafayette Diocese, is a prime sponsor of the event.
“People everywhere love to exercise. It’s important to stay in physical shape, which is why many people participate in Iron Man races, triathlons and marathons. And we wanted to provide a way for people to spiritually exercise,” said Father Champagne, who also is director of Fete-Dieu du Teche, an annual eucharistic procession along the Bayou Teche in Louisiana.
“We, as Catholics, are getting ready to close out the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and we wanted to do something to commemorate the closing of the floodgate of mercy and grace in an extraordinary way,” he continued. “Every page of the sacred Scriptures recounts God’s burning and fatherly love for us, and this will be a reminder of that love.”
The Catholic church would do better to explain to Catholics the fundamental difference between itself and the Baptists and “non-denominational” churches, or is now the position of the church that it makes no difference whether one is a Catholic or a Baptist? There is more to serving God and to obtaining eternal salvation than “getting saved” and believing that there is nothing that a person can do that will jeopardize his salvation. Uncritical reading of the Bible, without proper guidance and explanation, coupled with the belief that each person can interpret it for himself, has led to the multiplicity of denominations and religious strife that exists among Christians.