#THE BIBLE SPEAKS
#WE LISTEN

BIBLE SUNDAY

Our third Annual Bible Sunday will take place on Sunday, January 26th, 2020.



ABOUT

The inspiration for #TheBibleSpeaks comes from Pope Francis' letter for the conclusion of the Year of Mercy, Misericordia et misera, #7, in which he states, "It would be beneficial if every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, could renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people."

 

Bishop Crosby and the Diocese of Hamilton has chosen the third Sunday of Ordinary Time each year as our day to emphasize how #TheBibleSpeaks and how #WeListen.


FOUR BASIC QUESTIONS

While reading the Scriptures, ask yourself these four basic questions.

What does it say?

Determine as closely as possible the literal meaning of the text. What do the words say? What is the range of meaning in the words?

What does it mean?

The meaning of a text is determined not simply from the words but also from the context in which the words exist.

What does it mean to me?

How does this apply to my life? How does this apply to the life of the Church?

What am I going...

...to do about it? What difference does this text mean for my life? What is my response to God’s word?

PRAYING THE
BIBLE

Begin with a prayer to the Holy Spirit.
Read through the passage once at a normal pace.
Digest the words. Get a sense of the phrases.

Allow the Word to seep more deeply into your consciousness.

Read the passage through, section by section.
How does this Word speak to me at this time, in this context?
What emotions are evoked by the Word?
How does this Word speak to me of God and how does it impact my life?
Conclude with a brief prayer of thanksgiving to the Holy Spirit.

  

RESSOURCES EN FRANÇAIS

Le Pape François nous dit: “Il serait bon qu’un dimanche de l’année liturgique chaque communauté puisse renouveler son engagement à diffuser, faire connaître et approfondir l’Écriture Sainte : un dimanche entièrement consacré à la Parole de Dieu pour comprendre l’inépuisable richesse qui provient du dialogue permanent entre Dieu et son peuple. La créativité ne manquera pas pour enrichir ce moment par des initiatives qui stimuleront les croyants à être de vivants instruments de transmission de la Parole. Parmi ces initiatives, il y a certainement la diffusion plus large de la lectio divina, afin que la vie spirituelle trouve un soutien et les moyens de sa croissance dans la lecture priante du texte sacré. La lectio divina, sur les thèmes de la miséricorde, permettra de toucher du doigt quelle fécondité jaillit du texte sacré lorsqu’il est lu à la lumière de toute la tradition spirituelle de l’Église, et qu’il débouche nécessairement sur des gestes et des œuvres concrètes de charité. » (Lettre Apostolique, Misericordia et misera, le 20 novembre 2016).


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