On the 30th of September 2019, the feast of St Jerome, Pope Francis published an “apostolic letter” under the title “Aperuit Illis” in which he invites us to mark the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time each year as “Word of God Sunday”.
This was something he had already reflected on and suggested at the close of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016 (Misericordia et Misera, 7) and which he now wishes us to mark in our parishes and communities each year.
The title comes from the Latin phrase used towards the end of the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus, after the Resurrection, met the disciples in the upper room and “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). He hopes that setting aside a particular moment each year to celebrate the Word of God in Scripture will “enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.” (AI 2)
Click below to access a page among our “Ongoing Formation” pages which will, in time, offer some reflections and resources for marking this Sunday in the coming year.