Today we begin the Year of the Word: “The God who Speaks ”. As we begin the season of Advent, the start of the new liturgical year, the Church not only wishes to indicate the beginning of a period, but the beginning of a renewed commitment to the faith by all of us who follow Christ, the Lord. This time of prayer and personal development is so powerful, rich and intense; it endeavours to give us a renewed impetus to truly welcome the message of the One who was incarnated for us.
In fact, the entire Liturgy of the Advent season, will spur us to an awakening in our Christian life and will put us in a ‘vigilant’ disposition, to wait for Our Lord Jesus who is coming. During this year, Year A of the cycle of readings, the Church uses the Gospel of Matthew to draw us into the mystery of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
To support us in our engagement with St. Matthew’s Gospel, a pocket-sized New Revised Standard Version (NRSV – Catholic) version of the Gospel of Matthew has been specially produced and is available, one per family, for each of our parishioners.
Please take your copy and make use of it in the year ahead.