In the fall of 2019, on the Feast of St. Jerome, Pope Francis dedicated the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time as Word of God Sunday. In his decree, “Aperuit Illis,” the Holy Father reminded us that one of Jesus’ final acts before His Ascension was opening the disciples minds to understand the Scriptures (Lk 24:45). Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible.
Pope Francis also taught that “Regular reading of sacred Scripture and the celebration of the Eucharist make it possible for us to see ourselves as part of one another. As Christians, we are a single people, making our pilgrim way through history, sustained by the Lord, present in our midst, who speaks to us and nourishes us."