The God Who Speaks
A Year of the Word.
Who can forget the beginning of the fourth Gospel, the Gospel of St John:
‘In the beginning was the Word,
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.’
Following on from last year’s diocesan theme of ‘Adoremus – Our Eucharistic Journey’, this year’s theme is about the Word of God as spoken to us through the Bible.
This Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated this year as
‘The God Who Speaks – A Year of the Word’
to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. In keeping with the Church’s three-year cycle there will also be a specific focus on St Matthew’s Gospel.
The aim of The God Who Speaks – A Year of the Word is ‘Celebrating, Living and Sharing God’s Word’. It invites us to explore the most extraordinary book ever written. Or rather, a collection of books.
As the website of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales says, ‘Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.’