Workshop: 'The Word - studied, contemplated, celebrated and proclaimed.'
The word of the Lord renews its journey in each of the baptised, becoming flesh in us, translating itself into action. The word is meant to enter into the ears to get to the heart and go to the hands by doing good works.
A Gospel passage is proclaimed not simply to tell people about events in the past. We listen to the Gospel in order to become aware of what Jesus did and said once in order to reflect on how he is saying it again to everyone today.
As St Augustine said, “the mouth of Christ is the Gospel” and though Christ may reign in heaven, Christ never ceases to speak to those on earth.
So, in the words of Pope Francis, “if we listen to the ‘good news’ we will be converted and transformed by this and consequently be capable of changing ourselves and the world.”
Fr John Frauenfelder
Fr John is a lecturer, researcher and adult faith educator in the fields of Liturgical Studies, Sacraments, Pastoral Theology and Spirituality for the Ageing. He holds a Masters and Doctorate in Liturgical Studies and Ministry and, currently, is sessional teacher at United Theological College. John is a member of the CSO’s Adult Faith Formation & Education, Evangelisation & Catholic Formation Team in Diocese of Broken Bay.