Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.
The Gospel Acclamation on Sunday, the 13th in Ordinary Time, had us turn to the Lord and ask for openness of heart to accept the words of his Son.
There is a prior stage to acceptance, and that is the hearing and pondering, the meditation, that is expected to characterise the Liturgy of the Word. And this requires a certain time of silence for us to achieve that attentiveness and receptivity.
The proclamation of the word is the first stage of our responding. The word needs to be proclaimed clearly and audibly and sensibly. Then there needs to be a pause for us to consider what we have heard and what it might say to us, and then to begin to ponder and determine how we might respond.
This is a process for which each…
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