The God who Speaks
2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600th anniversary of the death of the great scripture scholar, St Jerome. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible entitled: ‘The God Who Speaks’.
Beginning on the First Sunday of Advent and continuing throughout 2020, each Diocese and Parish are encouraged to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’. To help achieve transformation in our hearts and in our communities there will be three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word. As the year progresses there will be opportunities to achieve this. Materials and information can be found on the Bishops’ Conference website http://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/
Lent is a period when we increase our efforts and seek to enter into an ever-deeper relationship with God and our neighbour. This is certainly true of our intention to mark this Year of the Word. Throughout 2020, the Sunday Lectionary (Yr. A) is a semi-continuous reading from the Gospel of Matthew. It is a natural choice to study during the season of Lent.
I have created this page on our website, entitled The God who Speaks. This will be a place where all our materials can be found. I have written a course on Matthew’s Gospel and you can find each of the seven talks on the website. If you cannot make any of the Lenten talks, or have to miss a week, you can still access the material.
Weeks 3, 4, 5 of Lent have a series of readings chosen from the Gospel of John. These are: Chap. 4 The Woman at the Well, Chap. 9 The Man born Blind, Chap. 11 The Raising of Lazarus. There will be a series of talks and PowerPoint slides about these readings there, as well as other talks and lectures that I shall be giving over the following weeks. There will also be the occasional homily, especially those of Holy Week and Easter.
In my course on the Gospel of Matthew, I have chosen to emphasise the teaching of Jesus, especially the five great sermons within the Gospel:
The Lenten Talks will take place on the following dates:
Friday 28 February The Birth of Jesus according to Matthew 1,1 - 2,23
Thursday 5 March The Sermon on the Mount 4,23 – 7,29
Thursday 12 March The Mission Sermon 8,1 – 10,42
Friday 20 March The Parables of the Kingdom 11,1 - 13,52
Thursday 26 March The Church: God’s Kingdom on Earth. 13,53 – 18,35
Friday 3 April The Final Sermon 19,1 – 25,46
Monday 6 April The Passion according to Matthew 26,1 – 28,20