Responding to the Mass of the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday is the first of the Church’s celebrations of the annual Sunday of the word of God, instituted by Pope Francis.

A good day to ponder on words from another reformer!

No greater mischief can happen to a Christian people, than to have God’s Word taken from them, or falsified, so that they no longer have it pure and clear. God grant we and our descendants be not witnesses to it.

When we have God’s word, pure and clear, then we think ourselves all right; we become negligent, and repose in a vain security; we no longer pay due heed, thinking it will always so remain; we do not watch and pray against the devil who is ready to tear the Divine Word out of our hearts. It is with us as travellers, who so long as they are on the highway, are tranquil and heedless, but if they do astray into the woods or cross paths, uneasily seek which way to take, this or that.

Martin Luther (from his Table Talk)

Photograph: (c) 2018. Fresco. Orthodox Church of the Holy Prince Lazar, Bourneville, Birmingham


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