Sunday readings May/June 2019

Sundays in May and June 2019
Robert Draper

In February 2018 Pope Francis gave a series of audiences in which he offered a catechesis on the Mass. Speaking of the Liturgy of the Word he insisted:
Thus, in the Mass we do not read the Gospel in order to know how things happened, but rather, we listen to the Gospel in order to realise what Jesus once did and said; and that Word is living, the Word of Jesus that is in the Gospel is alive and touches my heart. Therefore, listening to the Gospel is very important, with an open heart, because it is the living Word. If it is true that in the liturgy ‘Christ is still proclaiming His Gospel’, it follows that, by participating in the Mass, we must give him a response. We listen to the Gospel and we must give a response in our life.

The following reflections are offered to enable us to be more aware of the message of the Christ who is still proclaiming his Gospel, and to encourage us to give an appropriate response.

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Breaking the Word - Sundays

In the constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Fathers of Vatican II decreed that: ‘The treasures of the Bible are to be opened up more lavishly so that a richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God’s word’. (SC.52) The lavish feast of Sacred Scripture at the celebration of the Eucharist is designed to nourish and inspire the faithful. The following reflections on the Sunday readings for the next two months are an attempt to help readers and listeners to both savour and  ponder the selected passages so as to be drawn ever closer to the source of that nourishment. The author is a parish priest in Dorset and Vicar General of the Diocese of Plymouth.