Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life

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Lesson 1 - Day 4

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Suggested Reading:

 

(a) For question #1: Deuteronomy 6: 4-5; Deuteronomy 6:6-9

(b) “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerated the Body of the Lord, in so far as she never ceases, particularly in the sacred liturgy, to partake of the bread of life and to offer it to the faithful from the one table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ.” (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, 21)

 

Questions for Reflection

1. What do the readings listed above suggest about how we are to honor the Word of God?

2. How does the liturgy of the Word at Mass (the place and manner of proclamation of the Scripture readings) reflect the presence of God to us?

3. How has the Bible, reading and reflecting on it, been a part of your life? How do you see it becoming more or less a part of your life?

 

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Reply Thomas David McMurray
6:26 PM on May 25, 2013 
1. What do the readings listed above suggest about how we are to honor the Word of God?

These passages from Deuteronomy make it clear that we are to love and honor God ? and the Word of God ? with every single fiber in our body, with every ounce of our energy, with every waking moment, in every aspect of our lives, to the very depths of our inner spirit. There is no place or experience in which the Word of God is not to be sought, discovered, embraced, and loved.

2. How does the liturgy of the Word at Mass (the place and manner of proclamation of the Scripture readings) reflect the presence of God to us?

First, the liturgy of the Word has its own special place and rite in the Mass. It includes four readings on Sundays, one from the Old Testament, one from the Psalm, one from the Letters and Epistles, and one from the Gospels. An alleluia verse is sung immediately preceding the reading of the scripture passages and on special feats, the Bible is held up in honor and then incensed. After the readings there is always a homily whose purpose it to help open up the meaning of the readings so that they can have some relevance to the lives of the hearers.

3. How has the Bible, reading and reflecting on it, been a part of your life? How do you see it becoming more or less a part of your life?

I read and pray over the Mass readings every day ? and make every effort to read the ?Liturgy of the Office? everyday as well. I almost always find some comfort and consolation from my reading of these Bible passages. Sometimes I am challenged to make changes in my attitudes and actions ? to be more compassionate and welcoming.