Pope Francis has called for one Sunday each year in all Christian Communities around the World to be celebrated as “Bible Sunday”
By Mike James, Regional Coordinator FEBIC-LAC
Pope Francis, in his just published Apostolic Letter “Miericordia et Misera” to mark the end of the Year of Merccy has called for one Sunday each year in all Christian Communities around the World to be celebrated as “Bible Sunday” during which the “the Sunday be given over entirely to the word of Godso as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people”. “Initiatives of this sort would certainly include the practice of Lectio Divina…”
Here follows article 7 of the Apostolic letter in full:
“The Bible is the great story of the marvels of God’s mercy. Every one of its pages is steeped in the love of the Father who from the moment of creation wished to impress the signs of his love on the universe. Through the words of the prophets and the wisdom writings, the Holy Spirit shaped the history of Israel as a recognition of God’s closeness and love, despite the people’s infidelity. Jesus’ life and preaching decisively marked the history of the Christian community, which has viewed its mission in terms of Christ’s command to be a permanent instrument of his mercy and forgiveness (cf. Jn 20:23). Through Sacred Scripture, kept alive by the faith of the Church, the Lord continues to speak to his Bride, showing her the path she must take to enable the Gospel of salvation to reach all mankind. I greatly desire that God’s word be increasingly celebrated, known and disseminated, so that the mystery of love streaming from this font of mercy may be ever better understood. As the Apostle tells us clearly: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).