GILM 3: Significance of the Word of God in the Liturgy

3. The many riches contained in the one word of God are admirably brought out in the different kinds of liturgical celebration and in the different gatherings of the faithful who take part in those celebrations. This takes place as the unfolding mystery of Christ is recalled during the course of the liturgical year, as the Church’s sacraments and sacramentals are celebrated, or as the faithful respond individually to the Holy Spirit working within them. [7] For then the liturgical celebration, founded primarily on the word of God and sustained by it, becomes a new event and enriches the word itself with new meaning and power. Thus in the Liturgy the Church faithfully adheres to the way Christ himself read and explained the Sacred Scriptures, beginning with the “today” of his coming forward in the synagogue and urging all to search the Scriptures. [Cf. Lk 4:6-2 1; 24:25-35, 44-49]

Some of this is not new. We know the Jewish and Christian Scriptures are rich–they express a variety of form and genre as the product of human creativity. They express different theological and pastoral aspects as people relate to God and to a faith community.

The Catholic understanding of the liturgical year is a significant part of the construction of the Lectionary.

I’d like to reprint note seven above:

Thus one and the same text may be read or used for various reasons on various occasions and celebrations of the Church’s liturgical year. This is to be recalled in the homily, in pastoral exegesis, and in catechesis. The indexes of this volume will show, for example, that Romans chapter 6 or Romans chapter 8 is used in various seasons of the liturgical year and in various celebrations of the sacraments and sacramentals.

Any comments or thoughts?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to GILM 3: Significance of the Word of God in the Liturgy

  1. Thanks for the post. I love the part you said “The Catholic understanding of the liturgical year is a significant part of the construction of the Lectionary”

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