Aparecida 248: More on the Bread of the Word

Bread has been basic to the human diet in most places for millennia. In speaking of the Word of God with that metaphor of food, let’s be mindful that the bishops here advise not only an intellectual or liturgical approach, but one that fosters relationship. We might exchange letters (or emails, I suppose) with a beloved. Communication allows a relationship to develop and deepen. It involves a conversation. If we treat the Scriptures as a one way street–information imparted to us–then we might fail to see the Bible as a place for discipleship. Just as we occasionally fail to deepen our friendships and our loves by various means of communication.


248. It thus becomes necessary to offer the Word of God to the faithful as gift of the Father for the encounter with Jesus Christ living, path of “authentic conversion and of renewed communion and solidarity” This proposal will mediate encounter with the Lord if the revealed Word contained in scripture is presented as source of evangelization. Disciples of Jesus yearn to be nourished with the bread of the Word: they want to have access to proper interpretation of the biblical texts, to use them as mediation of dialogue with Jesus, and that they be the soul of evangelization itself and of proclamation of Jesus to all. Hence, the importance of a “biblical ministry” understood as a biblical impetus to pastoral ministry, that it serve as school of interpretation or knowledge of the Word, of communion with Jesus, or prayer with the Word, and of inculturated evangelization or proclamation of the Word. This demands that bishops, priests, deacons, and lay ministers of the Word approach sacred scripture in a way that is not merely intellectual and instrumental, but with a heart “hungry to hear the Word of the Lord” (Amos 8:11).

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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