"Lord, to whom shall
we go? You have the words of eternal life."
— John 6:68
| Scripture and the
In her revision of the Liturgy, the
Church has sought to reestablish the preeminence of Sunday, that feast
day par excellence, over every other feast day.
Recognizing, too, that Our Lord is really present
when Sacred Scripture is read during the Liturgy, she has opened up the
"treasures of the bible so that richer fare may be provided for the faithful
at the table of God's Word."
To encourage her children to have a "warm and living
love for Scripture,"
the Church has enlarged the Sunday Lectionary so
that the various books of the New Testaments are read roughly from beginning
to end over a period of weeks, and the synoptic Gospels are read in a
3 year cycle Year A – Matthew; Year B – Mark; Year C –
Old Testament readings and Psalms are chosen to
correspond to the Gospel passages and to bring out the fulfillment of
the Old Testament in the New. The revised weekday lectionary for Ordinary
Time complements the Sunday lectionary with its 2-year cycle of readings
presenting all the major portions of the Bible, and a 1-year cycle for
the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.