THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE - 2
Pope Francis affirms that ignorance of Scripture is ignorance
of Christ. Thus, in our desire for all to meet Christ and
to live Christ and to share Christ, knowledge of the Bible
is crucial. This is why one of our four pillars is Live
the Word, focusing on the Liturgical Bible Study (LBS).
This is a simple methodology that can be done in any environment,
whether with the children in the family, or with co-workers
at the office, or with friends at the coffee shop.
There can be no New Evangelization without the Bible taking
a central place.
Pope Affirms 'Ignorance of Scripture Is Ignorance
June 19, 2015 ( ZENIT.org)
St. Jerome, Pope Francis is
affirming that ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.
said that this morning when he received in audience the members
of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF), which has recently
elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, metropolitan archbishop
of Manila, Philippines, as its new president.
Federation is currently holding its 10th plenary assembly
dedicated to the theme “That which we have seen and
heard we proclaim also to you”, drawn from the First
Epistle of St. John; reflecting on Sacred Scripture as the
source of evangelisation, it commemorates the fiftieth anniversary
of the promulgation of the dogmatic Constitution on the Divine
Revelation Dei Verbum.
be able to proclaim the word of truth, we ourselves must have
had the experience of the Word: we must have listened, contemplated,
almost touched it with our own hands”, writes the Holy
Father in the discourse he handed to those present.
who are the People of God, 'that you may proclaim the excellencies
of him', must, as the dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Dei Verbum suggests, first of all venerate,
read, listen, proclaim, preach, study and spread the Word
of God. The Church, who proclaims the Word
every day, receiving nourishment and inspiration from it,
makes herself the beneficiary and excellent witness of the
efficiency and strength inherent in that same Word of God.
Neither we, nor our efforts, but rather the Holy Spirit works
through those who dedicate themselves to pastoral ministry,
and He does the same for the listeners, preparing them to
listen to the Word and to receive its message of life”.
to the anniversary of Dei Verbum and the timeliness of dedicating
the plenary assembly to the relationship between the Scriptures
and evangelisation, Francis mentions that in 1986 St. John
Paul II had invited the CBF to undertake a careful rereading
of the dogmatic Constitution, applying its principles and
implementing its recommendations.
Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in the life and mission
of the Church in 2008 offered another important opportunity
for reflecting on its application.
adds, “Likewise today I would like to invite you to
go ahead with this work, always taking into consideration
the value of the treasure of the Conciliar Constitution, as
well as the subsequent Magisterium, while you communicate
the joy of the Gospel to the furthest confines of the world,
obeying the missionary mandate”.
who have not heard
there are places where the Word of God has not yet been proclaimed
or, although proclaimed, has not been received as the Word
of salvation”, the Pope remarks. “There are places
where the Word of God is emptied of its authority. The
lack of the support or vigour of the Word leads to a weakening
of the Christian communities of ancient tradition and curbs
the spiritual growth and missionary fervour of the young Churches.
We are all responsible if 'the message will run the risk of
losing its freshness and will cease to have the freshness
of the Gospel'. However, it remains valid to encourage a special
pastoral effort to emphasise
the central position of the Word of God in ecclesial life,
promoting the Biblical inspiration of all pastoral ministry.
We must ensure that the habitual activities of all Christian
communities, in the parishes, associations and movements,
truly have at heart the personal encounter with Christ communicated
to us in His Word since, as St. Jerome teaches,
'ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ'”.
mission of the servants of the Word – bishops, priests,
men and women religious and laypeople – is that of promoting
and favouring this encounter, which inspires faith and transforms
life; therefore I pray, in the name of all the Church, that
you may fulfil your mandate: ensuring 'that the message of
the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured', until the day
of Jesus Christ”.
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