Вих. № 001/2022
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Most Reverend Archbishops and Metropolitans,
God-loving Bishops, Very Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics,
Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters Catechists,
And all Faithful!
This Sunday, for the third year, the entire Catholic Church celebrates “Sunday of the Word of God,” which aims to encourage Christians to honour together the Word of God in order to bring Him closer to all the faithful.
Establishing this celebration, the Holy Father Francis emphasizes that this day devoted to the Bible should encourage Christians to deep their knowledge of the Word of God daily, “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. For this reason, we need to develop a closer relationship with sacred Scripture; otherwise, our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut…”(Aperuit illis, 8).
Our Church joins the initiative of the Holy Father in celebrating the Sunday of the Word of God. In particular, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, during the celebration of the first Sunday of the Word of God in 2020, said: “I would like all of us Christians to say: we cannot live without God’s Word.”
This year has been declared the Year of the Family by the Synod of Bishops of our Church. So, I ask you to introduce three things in our families this year:
- Make sure each of our families has a Bible.
- May the Bible be placed in our homes in a proper, dignified place, reminding us that the center, foundation, and starting point of our thoughts, words, and actions is God.
- Every day, or at least once a week, as we gather together in our families and communities, let us read and meditate on the Holy Scriptures! This will help us to overcome obstacles, temptations, insults and build our Domestic Church – in love for God and for one another.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav urges us, “I encourage you to read the Scriptures every day. I know that today, in fact, there is no person who does not have the opportunity to read the Holy Scriptures. We often have a dusty Bible in our book collections. We often collect various editions of the Holy Scriptures, but we seldom open them and delve into them.”
As we read God’s Word, meditate on it, and pray with it, we meet, we get to know, and receive Christ. The Word of God is alive and active when we listen to it and live in it.
Let us, therefore, ensure that the Word of God is in our hands, minds, homes, and our hearts.
+ DAVID (Motiuk)
Chair, Patriarchal Catechetical Commission,
Bishop, Eparchy of Edmonton
Lviv, January 20, 2022