The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time will be devoted in a special way to the Word of God.
By Barb Szyszkiewicz
In the news this week: Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio titled Aperuit Illis, declaring that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time will be known as “Sunday of the Word of God.”
In his announcement, Pope Francis noted,
Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.
It is significant that this announcement was made on September 30, the feast of St. Jerome, a Scripture scholar who translated the Bible into Latin in the fourth century.
Pope Francis stated,
It is fitting … that the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to his Bride, that she may grow in love and faithful witness.
The Bible cannot be just the heritage of some, much less a collection of books for the benefit of a privileged few. It belongs above all to those called to hear its message and to recognize themselves in its words. … The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division towards unity. The word of God unites believers and makes them one people.
Also of interest:
- The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement on Pope Francis’ proclamation.
- Coverage of Pope Francis’ proclamation by Vatican News
The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is also frequently the day on which Catholic Schools Week begins.
Barb Szyszkiewicz is managing editor of Today’s Catholic Teacher and editor of CatholicMom.com. Follow her on Twitter @franciscanmom.
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