Peace of Christ to you! This will be a little bit different than my normal updates because I did something a little bit different than my normal day here at St. Ambrose Parish. I took a bus trip with parishioners down to Noah’s Ark Encounter in Kentucky.
There is a lot to be said about the trip in terms of the people that I met and talked to and the relationships that were formed because of it. I was incredibly blessed to journey with amazing people from St. Ambrose and other parishes from around the area. However, what I shared with them I also wanted to share with you. This was taken from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding Genesis 1-11: “Ancient Near Eastern thinkers did not have our methods of exploring serious questions. Instead, they used narratives for issues that we would call philosophical and theological. They added and subtracted narrative details and varied the plot as they sought meaning in the ancient stories.”
In other words, the biblical authors of this section still wrote, guided by the Holy Spirit, to provide answers to God’s being and explain our nature, but at the same time did not create a biographical history like the Noah’s Ark Encounter in Kentucky claims. This is the beauty of our Catholic faith on display when looking into Scripture. We are not bound by each word in the Bible as though they were dictated fact. Rather, Scripture is a combination of accounts, stories, and histories all working together to enliven our faith in Jesus Christ.
Here lies the reason why I wanted to journey with so many people to Ark Encounter. It gave a great visual that might deepen our own appreciation for Scripture and remind us to take seriously how God uses the Bible to speak to us today. We don’t need to be biblical literalists to still take the Bible seriously. But we should be deeply invested in the importance of Scripture in our lives as those people who believed it important enough to build a one-to-one replica of the Ark. Imagine if each of us took to heart that same level of devotion to living out the Gospel, and how much such devotion would impact our lives and the lives of our families.