Month of July dedicated to the Bible

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei (CBCMSB) has announced the dedication of the month of July each year to the Bible.

Jul 05, 2024


KUALA LUMPUR:
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei (CBCMSB) has announced the dedication of the month of July each year to the Bible. This decision was made during their January 2024 meeting, as stated by Bishop Richard Ng, President of the Regional Biblical Commission for the CBCMSB.

“The purpose of dedicating a whole month each year to the Bible is to promote reading, studying, and praying the Word of God,” said Bishop Richard.

The prelate urged every parish community to organise Bible-based activities to emphasise the centrality of the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church. Suggested activities include owning a Bible, sponsoring a Bible for poor students, joining Bible seminars and courses, participating in Bible sharing groups, using a daily Bible reading guide, and organising Bible dramas, quizzes, storytelling, and colouring activities for students and children.

“Like the sower in the Parable of the Sower (Lk 8:4-15), we need to sow the Word liberally and generously so that some seed may fall into fertile soil and yield a generous harvest,” Bishop Richard emphasised. He concluded by seeking blessings for the July Bible Month initiative, hoping it would foster a deeper love for the Word of God.

Msgr James Gnanapiragasam, Ecclesiastical Assistant for the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate (KLABA), echoed Bishop Richard’s call for Bible-related activities. He noted that parishes have the flexibility to select one Sunday, one week, or the entire month for this purpose. Additionally, KLABA plans to host a Bible session focusing on Church, Communion, and Mission from biblical perspectives this month.

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