"The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
Jn 6: 63
Pope Francis instituted Sunday of the Word of God as being annually the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time in his Apostolic Letter, Aperuit Illis, in September 2019. Pope Francis encourages us to read Holy Scripture and reminding us that in his final gift before ascending to heaven, Our Lord Christ Jesus, while eating with his disciples, broke open Sacred Scripture, unveiling the meaning so that they/we could better understand the pascal mystery. In Aperuit Illis, Pope Francis writes,
"It is fitting, then 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."
To help us understand more about the Word of God and how God speaks to us through Scripture, and how we should best read Holy Scripture, please click on the buttons below for
- Pope Francis' Aperuit Illis (Instituting the Sunday of the Word of God)
- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Verbum Domini: The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church
- Vatican II's Dei Verbum: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Archbishop Robert Barron and the USCCB have also made a video about Sunday of the Word of God:
Did you know that the Bible and daily Scripture readings are available at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website? Follow the link and see the menu options at the top of the page.
Sometimes we have difficulty reading the Bible on our own. For an insightful look into how to approach Holy Scripture, please click the link below for this video by Scott Hahn.