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Living Word of God

The Living and Dynamic
Word of God

Pope Francis has asked that from now on, the 3rd Sunday of OT should be known as the "Sunday of the Word of God."  

In his message promulgating this new delegation and celebration, Pope Francis reflected extensively on God's Word as living and dynamic.  The Word is a person, not a "thing."  The Word is a process; The Lord's presences calls forth an active engagement or response. The Word is part of a dynamic life-long conversation between us and God and each other.

This rendition of Rembrandt's painting of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple on the 40th day after His birth emphasizes the elders - Simeon and Anna - who greet the child with great joy. Simeon actually holds Jesus and prophetically proclaims His mission to be "a light to all nations."
Jesus, the Word made-flesh, is "handed on" (literally) from age to age through the way we read, study and pray with the Scripture; Jesus is also given to us as a Word made flesh in Eucharist, the fulfillment of His promise in the Scriptures.

We "hand on" the Living Word as we teach the faith to our children and grandchildren and pray at home.  We bring the Gospel to life as we do what Jesus did in the Scriptures and care for the poor, the sick and suffering.  The Word comes alive as we proclaim our hope for life eternal when we baptize a child, anoint a person who is ill or celebrate a Christian funeral.

The Blessed Mother Mary was the "first text" of the New Testament for she carried the Word within her.  Each of us can also be a "living gospel" in every aspect of our daily lives as we strive to be "good news" and spread the light of Christ.


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