Take the Bible which is full of all kinds of literature whose sole purpose is to show us God’s love for us his people. Let us think of the time spent by monks to illumine the book of Kells, the lives of others portrayed in biography, the photos in books which show their own story, the paintings in Art books, the fun pictures in Children’s books and the great imagination of those who write novels and mystery stories.
We can get instant information now on the web and perhaps some of the fun of finding out through the use of books is lost. Nevertheless discussion can be enriched when insights and findings are shared with friends, companions , communities. It’s amazing how our horizons can be stretched, our intellects stimulated, our fund of knowledge increased by a good read. Does instant access to information dissuade us from creative thinking? Reading books for one’s own information,entertainment and pleasure is something to treasure.
Let us pray: O God, thank you for the creativity of those who write books to inform, educate and delight us. Thanks too for the opportunities we get to have the pleasure of a good read. Amen