To help the Church grow in love and faithful witness to God, Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be dedicated to the Word of God. “The Bible is the most widely distributed book, but it is also perhaps the one most covered in dust because it is not held in our hand,” an archbishop said. Francis said, “a day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a yearlong event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers. We need to develop a closer relationship with sacred Scripture; otherwise, our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut, struck as we are by so many forms of blindness. The third Sunday in Ordinary Time falls during that part of the year when the Church is encouraged to strengthen its bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian Unity. That means the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity.”
On the same subject from The Spiritual Way of the Carthusian Order ‘When Silence Speaks’ by Tim Peeters:
Nourished by the Word: lectio divina in the Carthusian order
According to Dom Marcellin Theeuwes, the rediscovery of the Scriptures is one of the greatest gifts for the Church in the past decades. Lectio divina, or the spiritual readying of the Bible, is
no theological or exegetic approach to the text, but rather a meditative reading in order to give one’s own personal existence an enlightened understanding about God, salvation, inner repentance and a conversion towards the Spirit. In the lasting contact with the sacred text, the divine and Christian significance of human existence and reality will slowly appear. One discovers how God really desires to meet his people. The biblical revelation becomes a personal revelation. God acts in the same way with all who are called by Him and at the same time He acts quite personally with each of them. The sense which is given to history in the Scriptures is also the sense of our personal life…In this spirit, the reading of the Bible received a central place in the life of the ancient monks under the magnificent name lectio divina. A divine reading not only of the sacred text, but through the text of your own person and life. The Spirit who inspired the sacred text transforms the Word of the Scripture into a personal Word in our heart. For this reason, the reading of the Bible was no secondary occupation for the ancient monks, but it unites with silent prayer as the two sides of a coin or as the same movement up and down. God and humanity, who search for each other and who speak with each other from heart to heart.