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AMMAN – Within the framework of a series of lectures for Lent, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali delivered a lecture on Wednesday, March 8, at St. Joseph Church, in Amman titled, “’Man Does Not Live on Bread Alone’- the Holy Bible in the Life of Families”.

In his lecture, the bishop said that despite the fact that technology has facilitated contacts with every nook and corner in the world through advanced means of telecommunications, yet people failed to create permanent and firms contact with God. So, people got engaged with world affairs to the point that they missed contacting God and listening to His teachings.

Bishop Shomali added that we have to have “thirst” for the Word of God. He quoted Psalm 119: 97-108 which states: “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, LORD, according to your word. Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”

Stressing the effectiveness of the Word of God, he quoted Psalm 33: 6-9 which states: “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm,” Bishop Shomali quotes events from the Holy Bible which indicates that Lord Jesus does honor His promises and acts by healing the sick and the blind, among other miracles.

He added that God’s miracles are felt every day through the Seven Sacraments, and urged reading the Holy Bible on daily bases by calling on the Holy Spirit in prayer to give us our entire attention to the Biblical text; to read the text attentively by reflecting on what it means in our times; and to talk to God privately by giving thanks and making personal requests.

Bishop Shomali concluded by stating that the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Bible provides joy or rather nonpareil joy.

The lecture was preceded by an hour of reflections which included reading of verses from the Holy Bible and Lenten hymns.

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