On this Third Sunday of Ordinary Time the Church celebrates the first Sunday of the Word of God.
Pope Francis proposed the idea at the conclusion of the Year of Mercy when he wrote of a desire to institute a “Sunday given over entirely to the Word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people.”
In his Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis”, the Holy Father writes:
A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers.
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales outline the way we can celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God and invite us to read St. Matthew’s Gospel day by day during this Year of the Word. It involves exploring the words of St. Matthew over 44 days. If you would like to read the Gospel which is the centre of the Church’s Liturgy this year follow this link.