March 2, 2014 A View from the Rectory Window

 

PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS

“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue,

that I may speak to the weary a word that will rouse them”.

Isaiah 50:4

 Bible

When the lector at the pulpit finishes a reading, he or she looks up at the assembly and says “The Word of the Lord.” In this proclamation the mystery of God’s interaction with us has been recalled, revived and renewed. That is, we have once again heard God reveal the divine intention to love, redeem and reclaim us.

The promise that God has made with us has been written on our hearts again. The summons to return in obedience to the God has been reissued. The unfathomable love God has for us, the love that God is for us, has been made flesh again.

All Christians are, by definition, proclaimers of the good news because we were baptized into Christ’s life, mission, death, resurrection and ascension.

But our parish family is in need of some to proclaim the Word directly, to ensure that the faithful will continue to hear God’s love spoken anew each time the sacred scriptures are opened.

Qualities of a Lector

  • Ability to stand in front of people and be comfortable.
  • Excellent reading and enunciation skills.
  • Strong love of our Lord and for the Scriptures.
  • Willingness to reflect upon and practice each reading.
  • Desire to share the Word of God with our Parish Family.

All parishioners who have graduated Eighth Grade and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation may become a Lector.

I will be conducting two training sessions this week:

Lector Training (choose one session):

March 6, 2014 at 7:00pm or

March 8, 2014 at 11:00am

Thank you for considering this ministry. .Please contact me (609) 390-0664, if you would be willing to assist in this foremost ministry of the Church. God Bless you.

Fr. Pete