One of the 5 important pillars of our Christian faith is the Word of God – the Holy Scriptures. Others include the Deity, the Creed, the Holy Place and the Liturgy.
It is by reading and reflecting upon the Scriptures that we come to know the will of God for us. Unless we read attentively and intentionally, the Word remains mute and inactive to us.
When God realized that his Word, spoken through the prophets was not alive enough to inspire his people to come back to him, he decided that his word should take flesh and dwell active and tangible amongst us. “So the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14).
Many times we hear the Word of God being read and preached to us. While that is one way of knowing the Word, it is very necessary for us to read and reflect on the Word by ourselves because God wants to speak to us as much individually as in the community of believers.
On every third Monday of the month, the Friends of SVD, a lay associate group of the Divine Word Missionaries, together with the confreres working in Arusha city in Tanzania meet to read, reflect, meditate and share the Word of God.
Last Monday on 16th October 2018, Brother Douglas Simoneti, the coordinator of Bible Apostolate in the province, took the members through the method of praying with the Word of God.
The group gathered in St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Olasiti for the event. Later we shared a meal together to celebrate the gift of our mission here in Arusha.
We thank Brother Douglas for organizing the input and Fr. Boniface for hosting us.
Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD