Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis: Instituting the Sunday of the Word of God
Last month the Holy Father issued an Apostolic Letter regarding the setting aside a ‘Sunday given over to the Word of God, to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and His people.’ 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 a treasury of His word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world. The intentions of Pope Francis are that all the people of God, the laity, as well as priests and deacons, will celebrate, study, and disseminate the Word of God. An essential place where this takes place in our churches is when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist.
Therefore, it is the wishes of the Pope that every Catholic Church, or at least every Diocese, do something special to highlight the Word of God in our lives. In the coming months I hope to explore what we can and should do to make the importance of the Word of God felt in our parish. FYI…. we already have two Bible Study groups that meet each week. One meets on Sundays at 6:00pm in the Rectory meeting room, and the other meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in the Makai House. There is also a Scripture Study group that meets on Thursdays, once a month, in the Parish Meeting Room (PMR). Whatever we plan to do, to enhance our celebration of God’s Word, will not replace these wonderful groups.
The scriptures are so important in our faith life that we should see what more we can do to give it the proper attention that it deserves. If you have any ideas, please let me know by contacting me and we can discuss it. Gods Word is an essential way to stay in close contact with Him and to be nourished by His life-giving words. I personally have committed myself to sharing the Word of God through my daily writings on our My Parish App. I reflect on the daily Mass readings, or on the Saint of the Day, with the hopes that many of you will be nourished and encouraged by Gods daily messages to us through the scriptures. Feel free to receive these messages by using your computer, electronic tablets, or cellphones by going to wherever you can get your Apps, usually either the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This app is free and all you must do is request for the Holy Trinity Parish in Honolulu, when asked what church you wish to download from. It’s simple, its free, and its another way to experience the Word of God daily.