Pope Francis has declared that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time should be dedicated to the celebration, reflection, and the spreading of the Word of God. He wrote that “this ‘Word of God Sunday’ will be placed at an opportune time in that period of the year, when we are invited to strengthen ties with our Jewish brothers and sisters and to pray for Christian unity.” Pope Francis urged, “communities. . . find a way to live this Sunday as a solemn day. . . The day dedicated to the Bible should not be 'once a year,' but for the whole year, because of the need to have familiarity and intimacy with Sacred Scripture and with the Risen One, who never ceases to share the Word and the Bread in the community of believers.”
This year I invite you to read the Gospel according to Saint Luke. On almost every Sunday we are going to read it during Mass. This Sunday, Jesus began his public ministry by reading the Word of God. He loves and lives the Word of God. May the Holy Spirit teach us The Word of God proclaimed through the Church.
Rev. Mark Zacker