The Final Word

The biblical apostolate

The biblical apostolate

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The 12th Synod of Bishops in 2008 will take up the theme:
‘The Word of God in the life and mission of the Church.’ The Holy See has issued the ‘Lineamenta’ (‘outline’). This is the fourth in a series of Hartbeat columns focussing on the Lineamenta.

Scripture at the Heart of the Church

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Continuing our reflection on the Word of God (using the Lineamenta for the 12th Synod of Bishops taking place in 2008,) we move now to the matter of the Sacred Scripture itself, and we ask ourselves: What place does the Scripture have in the Church – and specifically in the Archdiocese of Melbourne?

The Lineamenta (available for reading on the Vatican website) poses some questions for the Bishops. Among these are:
•    What is the faithful's approach to Sacred Scripture in liturgical and personal prayer?
•    What is their understanding of the relationship between the Word celebrated in the Eucharist and the everyday life of the Christian?
•    What is the impact of Sacred Scripture in the spiritual lives of the People of God?
•    How are various groups (children, adolescents, young people and adults) introduced to the Bible?


Listening to the Word of God

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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Church’s life and mission. Participation in the Eucharist is the most profound encounter with Christ possible here in this life. Yet in making this statement, we cannot overlook the fact that the Church is born and lives by the Word of God.

Strengthen you brothers: the ministry of Peter

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Each year, on the 29th of June, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul. The Gospels for this day focus on the ministry of Peter. At the Vigil Mass we read about Peter’s great commission from the Lord from the Gospel of St John: “Feed my sheep.” (Jn 21:16) At the Mass for the day, we read the famous promise of our Lord to Peter from the Gospel of St Matthew: “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.” (Mt 16:18)

Of course, as Catholics, we are well aware that this commission and promise applied not only to Peter himself, but to his successors in the Church, the bishops of Rome.

Participating in the Eucharist

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Of all the things taught by the Second Vatican Council about the Eucharist, perhaps the two most often remembered are that the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit’ of the Church’s mission and that there should be a ‘full, conscious and active participation’ by the laity in the celebration of the liturgy.

Ever since the Council, this second statement about the ‘active’ participation of the laity in the Eucharist has been repeatedly misinterpreted. There has been a huge change in our culture, so that the visible has come to be valued over the invisible, and activity has been prized above restfulness and silence. ‘Active participation’ used to suggest outward busy-ness rather than an interior reality expressed with heart and voice focused on the profound mystery of our meeting with our God.