“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1
"Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?"– Luke 24:32
“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all Creation” – Mark 16:15
In imparting the Word of the Lord to the assembly you feed them with the bread of life and provide nourishment for them to continue their life of prayer and to develop further their relationship with the Lord.
- When the Sacred Scritpures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel. – GIRM #29
- The Holy Spirit works through the words you proclaim and in the hearts of believers who are recalling the saving works of God in history – CCC 1103
You have been called forth to serve as a proclaimer of God’s Word. As a proclaimer of the Word, your ministry helps facilitate the public prayer of the Church in the Liturgy of the Word. It is important thus to prepare yourselves for this great responsibility both spiritually and technically. Reading the Scriptures daily and Church documents are essential to this ministry.
- Since everything asserted by the inspired authors or sacred writers must be held to be asserted by the Holy Spirit, it follows that the books of Scripture must be acknowledged as teaching firmly, faithfully and without error that truth which God wanted put into sacred writings for the sake of salvation. Therefore "all Scripture is divinely inspired and has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, for reformation of manners and discipline in right living, so that the man who belongs to God may be efficient and equipped for good work of every kind" – Dei Verbum 11
Recommended Church Documents:
- Dei Verbum – Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651118_dei-verbum_en.html
- “Introduction to the Lectionary”