Word of God Sunday
23rd January 2022

Dear Parishioner

The Sacred Scripture and the sacraments are inseparable because Jesus speaks to us in and through the sacred Scripture, and if people "hear his voice and open the doors of our minds and hearts, then he will enter our lives and remain ever with us in the sacrament".

We are also encouraged to read the Second Vatican Council's dogmatic constitution, Dei Verbum, and Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini, whose teaching remains "fundamental for our communities".

The other best thing about the third Sunday in Ordinary Time is that it falls during that part of the year when the Church is encouraged to strengthen its bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity. That means the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God "has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity".

So, today's Gospel, presenting Jesus' "inaugural address" in the synagogue of Nazareth and outlining his theology of total liberation, marks a great moment in Jesus' ministry. The Scripture readings for today focus our attention on the importance and liberating power of the Word of God as "sacramental", making God present in our midst. The readings challenge us to listen to the Word, accept it into our hearts, then put it into practice as we live out our lives, thus liberating ourselves and others from all types of bondages.

Fr Jijo George


Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Sunday: Bp Arthur Doubleday
Monday: Fr John O'Sullivan
Tuesday: Fr John Hibbert
Wednesday: Fr Alfred Field, Bp Patrick Casey
Saturday: Fr John (Jack) Clifford
Sunday: Terri Dubois, Alick Kalil