Our Dominican Church Family A Family of the Word
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). To know the scriptures is to know Jesus Christ and to know Jesus Christ is to know the Father (John 14:6). Pope Francis during a Sunday Angelus in 2014 tells us: "A Bible for every family! .. . Not to place it on a shelf, but to keep it at hand, to read it often, every day, both individually and together, husband and wife, parents and children, maybe in the evening, especially on Sundays. This way the family grows, walks, with the light and power of the Word of God!" How true of a statement both for our individual families and for our Dominican church family.
One of the greatest assurances that we have as a Dominican church family is that we are not alone! For, we have the Spirit's inspired and inerrant scriptures to help us along on our journey together towards God. When the scriptures become a part of our lives, we are able to recognize the Bible's stories as our stories. We empathize and relate better to our brothers, Peter and Paul, to our aunts, Martha and Ruth, and to our mother, Mary. These biblical relationships are at the core of our faith. This new year, 2018, can be a year of tremendous growth if you and I invest in these relationships. For some, maybe God is calling you to read and reflect upon Sunday's readings before you come to mass. For others, maybe the Spirit wants you to engage in silent meditation through Lectio Divina. No matter where you find yourself in your faith journey, know that the Word and your Dominican church family want to become a part of your life.
-br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.