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Biblical Resources (Kieran O'Mahony)

Sunday of the Word of God 2022

Pope Francis is passionate about the Word of God. He has declared a special Sunday dedicated to the Bible. All of us are invited to respond imaginatively and actively to this new Feast.

Resources for the Sunday of the Word of God

Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday 3C is dedicated to the Word of God. Already in the Reformed tradition, Bible Sunday celebrates the importance of the Scriptures (usually on or near Reformation Sunday). Pope Francis established this Sunday in 2019, to mark the 16th centenary of the death of St Jerome, the brilliant, hard-working, holy and irascible bible scholar. More importantly, it serves to underline the place of the Scriptures in our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.

The third Sunday in Ordinary Time is a suitable day because on this Sunday we start reading the Gospel for the year from the start. In 2022, this means we are reading from Luke: the opening dedication (1:1-4) and the opening scene of the ministry in the synagogue in Nazareth (4:14-21). The Nazareth story continues next Sunday with the remaining verses (4:21-30). Today’s reading contains the words: ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen,’ something we aspire to every Sunday.

The Sunday of the Word of God presents an opportunity to reflect on the place of the Scriptures in our lives as individual believers and as part of the community of faith. There are plenty of resources: Vatican II documents; the publications of the Pontifical Biblical Commission (up-to-date position papers); the writings and reflections of Pope Francis. See alsoBible+, on my own website. Here are a few sample links:

This year, it becomes especially important because we are embarking on the substance of the synodal pathways. There are many dimensions to the regeneration of faith today. There is no doubt, however, that this regeneration can have no other genesis than in the Word of God.

The Readings
Some Inspiration

Lord, inspire me to read your Scriptures and to meditate upon them day and night. I beg you to give me real understanding of what I need, that I in turn may put its precepts into practice. Yet, I know that understanding and good intentions are worthless, unless rooted in your graceful love. So I ask that the words of Scripture may also be not just signs on a page, but channels of grace into my heart. Amen.


Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA



Exploring the Bible

Since 2012, a group of parishioners has been meeting each week, to explore the Bible and to ask ourselves, how it might relate to our lives today. Before the Pandemic, we met in Shalom, beside St Mark’s church, each Monday. Some people come weekly, others less frequently. All are welcome!

When the Pandemic hit, we had a gap of a few weeks. However, we discovered that we missed our connection and the chance it gave us to prepare for Mass each Sunday. By introducing us to the readings beforehand, we had the opportunity to read and reflect on what each reading might mean for us today.

Although none of us was very good with technology, we learned how to set up and connect to a Zoom meeting. In this way we were able to see each other and continue the reflection that we had in Shalom.

Each week a group of between six and eight of us meet on Zoom to share our thoughts, insights and questions on the readings for the following Sunday's mass. We invite you to join us!

No previous knowledge of the Bible is required. What each of us brings to the

meeting is a desire to explore the faith that has guided our lives and to learn to understand and appreciate it more fully.

We don’t have easy answers to the hard questions of life, but we do share our faith and hope in Jesus and in the power of God's Word. We also help each other toward a better understanding of what it means to be a believer in today’s world.



Valerie Warren on behalf of the 'Exploring the Bible' group