Editor’s Note: The following blog is an excerpt from “Sword of the Spirit” by Mark Hart and Christoper Cuddy.
St. Paul was threatened by the elements, peers, imprisonment, death and, ultimately, the Evil One, himself; yet he kept moving . . . and he kept writing. On the pages that follow you will be given introductory information for personal and group Scripture study. While it is impossible to do justice to the inspired Word of God in just a couple of pages, these overviews ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù if prayerfully read and examined ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù could offer insights that may be proÌÄåøÌâåÂÌâÌÉtable before, during, and after you read St. Paul's writings.
Each overview will give you some central themes of the epistle, as well as some speciÌÄåøÌâåÂÌâÌÉc verses that are emblematic of the various points that St. Paul was making to his audiences.
Use the summaries as an introduction for private study. Use them in a group study as you begin to discuss the various overarching themes of each work. The point is this: use them. There is no reason to avoid St. Paul's writings. They are a beautiful gift from God and are meant to be explored. Prayerfully read through these sections in conjunction with the letters of St. Paul themselves, and watch how the second reading at Sunday Mass ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù and, most importantly, your soul ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù comes to life.