Word of God Sunday

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The Scriptures, a participation in the story of salvation

It would be beneficial if every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, could renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people.
Pope Francis 2016

Accordingly, the "Word of God Sunday" is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of February each year. In the year 2022, that is 6 February 2022.

Pope Francis reminds us to receive the Scriptures “not as a human word but as what it really is, the word of God”. They are not just words. It is the Holy Spirit that “makes human words written in human fashion become the word of God”. (Aperuit Illis, 5) He reminds us that when we read the Scriptures, we are entering into a true dialogue, a true encounter, a participation in the great story of salvation. As well as speaking to us personally, the Scriptures speak to us communally, “for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers”. (Aperuit Illis, 8)

Pope Francis asks us to mark the Word of God Sunday with a certain solemnity, and to "celebrate, study, and disseminate" the word of God.

We are encouraged to see this day of the Word of God as a year-long event, where we grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures. Consider taking steps to read or study the Scriptures during the year.

The Sunday of the Word of God

The Bible in a Year with Fr Mike Schmitz

The Pymble Parish Bible Study group

The Bible and Catholics

("Aperuit Illis", Apostolic letter by Pope Francis to establish the Sunday of the Word of God.)