Taste and see: Silence and the word of life

Scriptures enthroned.jpg

Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.
Alleluia!

The Gospel Acclamation on Sunday, the 13th in Ordinary Time, had us turn to the Lord and ask for openness of heart to accept the words of his Son.

There is a prior stage to acceptance, and that is the hearing and pondering, the meditation, that is expected to characterise the Liturgy of the Word. And this requires a certain time of silence for us to achieve that attentiveness and receptivity.

The proclamation of the word is the first stage of our responding. The word needs to be proclaimed clearly and audibly and sensibly. Then there needs to be a pause for us to consider what we have heard and what it might say to us, and then to begin to ponder and determine how we might respond.

This is a process for which each of us has some responsibility, but clearly a mjor responsibility lies with the ministers of proclamation and of shaping of the performance of the Liturgy of the Word.

  • What helps your receptive hearing of the word?
  • What thwarts it?
  • What are the strengths of your community’s celebration of the Liturgy of the Word, and what are its weaknesses?

The Scriptures enthroned. Bethlehem. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

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