Golden Banner News Paper
Column Title: Let’s Think Togther
Article Title: Verbum Domini
Columnist: Cleb B. Calimutan
Date: March 06, 2012
A synod of Bishops gathered at Vatican in 2008 to discuss the Word of God in the life and Mission of the Church. The interest of the synod was to review the implementation of the directives on Scripture in the Second Vatican Council with the task to continue what the council had started. Verbum Domini (no.3) The pope created an apostolic exhortation in response to the synod. The documents highlighted three main parts.
Verbum Die (The Word of God) – The significant on the first parts is the Incarnation where the Word became flesh which is the center of Christian mystery. The Incarnate Word of God reveals God completely in space and time. It started with the dialogue between God and Man and Mary the first receiver of the announcement of the Word who will become her son in the Incarnation.
From then on the Scripture shall be interpreted from the principles and directions of Jesus which fosters a serious study of historical research and looking the meaning of the word of the Bible for today. “In order to appreciate the divine element in the Bible, three criteria are necessary:  the text must be interpreted with attention to the unity of the whole of Scripture (also known as “canonical exegesis)”;  the Tradition of the Church must be taken into account; and  the analogy of faith must be respected (no. 35). Although many Catholic exegetes are competent in the historical-critical method, more attention needs to be paid to the theological dimension of biblical texts, in accordance with these three elements.”
According to Pope Benedict ecumenism remains important and the Church should consider the lives of the Saints on how they carried the message of Jesus inn their own lives. Thus today theologians, pastors and scholars and many others are encourage to work together.
Verbum Ecclesia (The Word in the Church) – This the consideration of the word of God in the Church most especially in the liturgy and sacraments which will be understood and propounded with the Scripture the Word of God. The readings and the Gospel of the Mass shall have more importance in the proclamation of God’s message in the homilies.
Publications should be created and develop to help propagate the Gospel. Liturgy of the hour and prayer gatherings are encouraged among parishes and religious communities. However the faithful must see also the value of silence for in this solemnly that the word of God can be reflected in a more personal manner. The Pope urges the faithful to encounter Jesus and deepen their personal relationship with the Lord. “When the faithful do not know the Bible, they are often preyed upon by various sects which promote a distorted reading of Scripture” (no. 73). Lectio divina is encourage and deep prayer in the family circle.
Verbum Mundo (The Word to the World) – This is concerning the evangelization to the world empowering the heralds of the Gospels even the lays are encouraged to participate on evangelizing others thus bringing them to the fullness of truth the Catholic Church. Jesus Christ is the creator of the world and he is present in all things hence all thing shall be under Him. A lot of people are drawing themselves to Jesus Christ for it is the longingness of everybody to know the truth. And so while waiting the second coming of the Lord that we are hoping we shall take advantage the opportunity of evangelization. The migrants who are so innocent of the name of the Lord must be a good area of mission on preaching this people. An essential part of the Church’s proclamation consists in encounter, dialogue, and cooperation with followers of other religious traditions. “This is to take place without forms of syncretism and relativism” (no. 117) And everyone is encourage to respond with this call of the Holy Father.