One of the recurring misconceptions that other Christian sects have about Catholicism is that the Catholic Mass is not biblical and Catholics do not read the Bible.

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Let’s take the Mass, for instance. Scott Hahn, a world-renowned Catholic theologian converted from evangelical Calvinism, surreptitiously attended a Catholic Mass in Wisconsin in the early 1980s before his conversion. Bible in hand, he began to follow this “strange” liturgy in an attempt to take notes and return to his students to show how the Catholic Mass was the ultimate sacrilege.

Long story short, Hahn states that “something hit me.” He realized that the words on the liturgy of the Mass were coming from the open Bible beside him. A line from Isaiah, another from Paul, another from a psalm.

Hahn learned later that during the Liturgy of the Word, Catholics, over a three-year period, hear the Scriptures proclaimed from the Old and New Testaments and the four Gospels. Furthermore, Hahn points out, during the Eucharistic Liturgy part of the Mass, the believer is drawn not only into the Last Supper but also into the glorious New Heavenly Jerusalem of the Book of Revelation with all its hymns and praises.

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10 Bible Verses That Sent Marcus Grodi On His “Journey Home” To the Catholic Church.

Last night I watched a recording that I made of one of Marcus Grodi’s programs years ago, on “Coming Home” on EWTN. It was very good.

He was a Protestant preacher for 9 years, until he heard former Presbyterian minister (now Catholic theologian) Scott Hahn, give a talk.

Marcus said it was 10 verses of the Bible that he had never seen, or never before understood, that caused him to resign from his Protestant ministry and become Catholic.

He did a lot of expanding on each of the verses, about things that he had completely missed, every time he passed through them, before. On some, I add the “gist” of what he said.

Here are those 10 verses:

1. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all ways, think on Him, and He will direct your ways.” Trust in the Lord and not your interpretation.

2. 1Timothy 3:14-15, “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth”. What? The Church is the pillar of truth … and not the Bible?

3. 2Timothy 3:14-17, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. What? Only the Old Testament? (No New Testament scripture had yet been defined by the Church.)

4. 2Thessalonians 2:15 “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. ” Gee … I always thought they were all just man made traditions … but some (many) came from Jesus and the Apostles.

5. Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” Mat 16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Mat 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Mat 16:16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. Mat 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” What? Jesus originally said these words in Aramaic. Not Greek. So, Saint Peter really is “the Rock” …  and not just the Protestant’s favorite “little pebble”.

6. Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” What? Their deeds follow them? I taught (for nine years) that works are of no value.

7. Romans 10:14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? Rom 10:15 And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!” Sent? Well I was sent by so and so  … but who sent him???

8. John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 6:56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. These 2 verses go together. OK I will abide in Him. How do I abide in Him? What? Through the Holy Eucharist? You mean it is not (just) a symbol? It’s the real presence of Jesus Christ!

9. Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. What? His Body is the Church and He needs us to complete what is lacking? (God kindly remembers to include the good works and prayers of the faithful, in his ongoing plan for our salvation.)

10. Luke 1:46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, Luke 1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, Luke 1:48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. What? I never gave Mary much of a thought, except at Christmas … and I never called her blessed.

Submitted by Bob Stanley