Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God! (Matthew 4:4)
The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. opened on November 17, 2017. It cost $550,000,000 and is non-sectarian, meaning it seeks to present the Bible in an ecumenical and fair manner.
It was my privilege to visit that museum this past Monday in sweltering Washington, D.C. Thanks be to God and modern technology for air-conditioned museums and other buildings. I was pleasantly surprised at the large hospitable staff who welcomed us and directed us with uncommon grace to the incredibly beautiful exhibits.
There is nothing shoddy or preachy about the museum. To my great surprise it offers a permanent Vatican Museum exhibition, in addition to poignant Stations of the Cross marking 14 events in the final hours of Jesus’ life by Artist Gib Singleton, who designed the Cross on the Crozier carried by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
My favorite engaging exhibit in the Museum highlights the Hebrew Scriptures of the Old Testament that are sensitive to Jewish faith. This presentation uses the latest digital technology to show the creation of the world and the blinding light that emanated from the words spoken by the Creator, “Let there be light.”
There is an exhibit on the impact of the Bible on the world and another on the impact of the Bible on American history.
The museum was filled with visitors when we were there and people were clearly engaged in the lively presentations.
The Word of God has been at the center of so many controversies in the history of the Church and these disagreements have led to permanent separation of Christians from each and even to violence and open and bloody warfare.
This Museum of the Bible stands out to me as a beacon of unity and honesty about the Word of God. It contains Catholic Bibles Douai-Reims and Jerusalem and the historic Protestant bible known as the King James version of the Bible.
We need the Word of God that speaks to the most profound longing of the human heart for God and the mercy and love that only He can give us. We long too for the day when the richness of the Catholic faith, its crucial role in compiling the Bible as we know it and preserving it down through the centuries from corruption and loss will be embraced by all Christians.
The Museum of the Bible makes a great family vacation option and also helps all Christians to experience our deep ties to each other as family, brothers and sisters in Christ the Incarnate Word of God.
The Museum of the Bible highlights with respect the preeminent role of the Word of God in the life of all Christians and Jews. Truly every word coming from the mouth of God is rich food for the soul.
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Copyright 2018 Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C.