I put a Special Note in the weekly 'pew news' for my parishioners this week. It read :
To both love and understand the Bible is central to our Christian faith. Neither is possible unless it is read regularly and studied prayerfully. In our society Biblical literacy is declining. People simply no longer know as they should the Sacred Scriptures which were given to us by God. The stories and themes are a mystery to them.
This should be a matter of grave concern to all of God's people. It is through scripture that God reveals himself to us; it is through scripture that we come to know Christ; the doctrines and teachings of our Church are founded on the authority of scripture; & it is from scripture that we have the assurance of God's love for us, his purpose for our lives, and his promise of eternal life.
I would therefore urge you all to immerse yourself in the Word of God. Make it your aim to read a portion of scripture daily. Commit yourself to study it deeply, either in the parish study group, some other group, or on your own. Encourage others to do so also. And please pray that a love of the Sacred Scriptures will grow daily in the hearts of all.