Pastor’s Perspective – January 23

On September 30, 2019, the Feast of St Jerome,  who translated the Bible into Latin, Pope Francis declared that the 3rd Sunday or Ordinary Time would be “Word of God Sunday”. For those attending Mass this weekend you will notice that the Bible will be venerated in front of the Altar.

The Catechism says of the Bible: “Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself completely”. Then quoting Augustine we read: “You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for he is not subject to time.” The Catechism then goes on to explain:  “For this reason, the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God’s Word and Christ’s Body.” (CCC 102-103)

May we take time this weekend to give thanks to the Word Made Flesh for leaving us with such a treasury of sacred writings and celebrate with the Psalmist:  “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:103-105)

What a grace it is for us to have the Holy Scriptures.

Fr Jonathan