Visible Expression

The ecclesial community, while always having a universal dimension, finds its most immediate and visible expression in the parish. It is there that the Church is seen locally. In a certain sense it is...

"... the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters..."

Pope John Paul II
Christifideles Laici [27]

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ

The new series of readings from Scripture which we have every Sunday at Mass has rightly been called the catechism of the Church. The Second Vatican Council stressed the centrality of scripture as the perpetual source of our spiritual life. Saint Jerome reminds us that:

'...ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ...'
The composers of the new lectionary (readings) opt for a three-year cycle with each year being characterized by one of the synoptic Gospels:
Year A: the year of Matthew
Year B: the year of Mark
Year C: the year of Luke
Each of these Gospels is read in semi-continuous form throughout the liturgical year on the Sundays in Ordinary Time. Each evangelist gives us his own special insights into the life of Christ. John's Gospel deals with the seasons of Lent and Easter. While the Gospels of Matthew and Luke are used for the season of Advent. We have, therefore, in the liturgy over the three year cycle a comprehensive presentation of Christian Doctrine.