January 8, 2020
Pope Francis Declaring Sunday of the Word of God
The timing of the document is significant: 30 September is the Feast of Saint Jerome, the man who translated most of the Bible into Latin, and who famously said: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. This year also marks 1600 years since his death.
The title of the document, “Aperuit illis”, is equally important. They are its opening words, taken from St Luke’s Gospel, where the Evangelist describes how the Risen Jesus appeared to His disciples, and how “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”.
Recalling the importance given by the Second Vatican Council to rediscovering Sacred Scripture for the life of the Church, Pope Francis says he wrote this Apostolic Letter in response to requests from the faithful around the world to celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God. – Vatican News
Pope Francis is offering us a special opportunity to move more deeply into the Scriptures, the life-giving Word of God. The booklet “Walking in Love of Scripture” reflections and prayers is based on thoughts from Pope Francis’ declaration, and explores what the pope is hoping this day will do for us. Whether we are Bible beginners or already praying with Scripture every day, these reflections will help us take up the pope’s invitation to let the Scriptures enrich our lives.
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