Reflecting on Bishop’s Year of the Bible

One of my favorite TV shows is the game show Jeopardy! You know, where they provide the answer and you have to come up with the question? It has been on the air for a very long time and was hosted by legendary Alex Trebek. It was sad that he passed away from pancreatic cancer in November last year. It hasn’t been the same without him, and the show is in a frantic search to replace him.

It is amazing that the contestants know so much. Not only do they come up with the answer, they’re able to be the first of the three contestants to buzz in and answer the questions correctly. From world history to geography to science to literature, they know it all. How do these people get so much knowledge? Where do they get all the answers—er, questions?

When you think about all of the questions the early Jews had regarding their faith, they always seemed to be searching for answers. They knew that God was going to save them but how? Thank goodness they had the prophets to guide them and provide the answers to keep their faith moving. Others had a direct line to God himself, but those were the select few. How wonderful to have the Almighty to give you the answers! The answer is: “These are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship that play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity.” What are the Ten Commandments? Correct!

To learn about anything at all, you need to have a good source of knowledge to study from. For us Christians, the best source of knowledge is the Holy Bible. The Old Testament and New Testament contain the history and direction our faith has taken. The writers were so influenced by the Holy Spirit you can’t but help take their writings as the truth. I have gained extensive knowledge while participating in Bishop Boyea’s Year of the Bible. It has been very rewarding to be able to read and accumulate knowledge about the faith. To be informed and gain an understanding of God’s will is priceless. This is very valuable as I continue my faith journey. As they say, “Knowledge is power!”

The greatest source of knowledge that we can ever come to know came through the Son of God, the greatest teacher of all. His works and teachings are unprecedented and documented in the Bible. How can we not learn from him? If you are looking to have a question answered, you know where to go. The truth and the life!

How fortunate we are to be living at the present time. The knowledge we possess is staggering! The answer is: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Who is Jesus? Correct. You just hit the Daily Double!

John Richards

Director of Parish Operations