The God Who Speaks – journeying with the Bible.
Pope Francis urges us to “carry a small Bible or pocket edition of the Gospels and should find at least a few minutes every day to read the word of God.”
“Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.”
2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and launch this initiative ‘The God Who Speaks’.
During our own lockdown, with all the challenges it brings, and with fear and sadness in our parish communities brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, our churches may be shut but our mission goes on – to love and serve the Lord and each other. The Agency for Evangelisation are committed to resourcing the parishes of our Diocese in their mission, as together we walk “…… out of darkness into his wonderful light”.
“O chosen people, proclaim the mighty works of him, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Those words of St Peter are written by a man who knew what it was to be locked down. It was a long Good Friday for those first apostles, locked down in the upper room with only their fear and failure for company. But Easter Day brought with it forgiveness and freedom, as Jesus speaks those powerful words, “Peace be with you”.