January 24 – Sunday of the Word of God

On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis, in commemoration of Saint Jerome, established the 3rd Ordinary Sunday during the year as dedicated to the celebration, reflection and propagation of the Word of God.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to join the journey with the Word of God and the Diary of St. Faustina.

Every week, on Saturday, we will share the Sunday Gospel with a fragment from the Diary of St. Faustina and a few questions for personal prayer reflection. We trust that it will help us to discover more Mercy in the Holy Scriptures, so that we may bear witness to God, rich in mercy, in an even more fruitful way!

Why is it important to listen to the Word?

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt 4: 4b), Jesus himself said. Each of us craves food. And each of us has a desire in our heart for a close relationship with God. It is God who gives meaning to our existence. Through His Word, God tells us who we are in His eyes, and in this way we can discover our true identity as a children of God. Unfortunately, we often forget about it, we listen to other “voices”, or we do not listen to this most important Voice, which at every moment, in different ways, tells us: My child, I love you, do not be afraid, I AM. 

Sunday in God’s Word is an opportunity for us to look truthfully at our daily life and our relationship with the Word of Heavenly Father. Relationship is born out of being. God wants to be with us! Lack of connection with the Word causes a lack of relationship with the Father.

Answer these questions today:

  • What is mine relationship with the Word of God, this “Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit”?
  • How much time do I spend each day reading and pondering the Word that God personally addresses with great love to ME?
  • In personal prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your heart to the understanding of the Word, this great gift of God’s mercy. Holy Spirit, come!

Nowhere do I curiously seek perfection, but only enter into the spirit of Jesus and study His deeds, which I have in the Gospel, and even should I live for a thousand years I shall never exhaust what it contains (Diary 510).