Personal Meeting with Jesus in the God’s Word. Topicality of Exhortation Verbum Domini Cover Image

Osobowe spotkanie z Jezusem w słowie Bożym. Aktualność adhortacji „Verbum Domini”
Personal Meeting with Jesus in the God’s Word. Topicality of Exhortation Verbum Domini

Author(s): Krzysztof Bieliński
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Pastoral Theology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie
Keywords: Verbum Domini; causative and sacramental nature of the word of God; personal presence of the Word; inspiration as a relation; lectio divina

Summary/Abstract: This article stresses the necessity, expressed in the Exhortation Verbum Domini, of a new and persuasive proclamation of God’s Word, by which the believers “can concretely experience the power of the Gospel” (VD 96). There is a persistent reminder in the document of the need “to reiterate the meeting” with the person of Jesus Christ through the Word of God. The role of the word in that meeting with Christ, who appears himself in His word (VD 73), is shown in the article with two newly revisited aspects relating to mystery of the word of God: its effectiveness and sacramental nature. With regard to the conditions required to experience the effectiveness of the word of God, the author warns of the danger of reduction in comprehension of the mystery of the word, which should not be reduced only to the liturgy, but enlarged towards a recently revitalized praying practice of lectio divina. This ancient practice offers a true opportunity to experience a personal meeting with Jesus, to feel the supernatural effectiveness of the word, to find out with self confidence that “God speaks and responds to our questions” (VD 4). The word of God is much more than the speech of God; it is also a deed of God in the history of humankind, inviting to undertake an effort and making it possible to come into personal relation with Jesus present in God’s Word.

  • Issue Year: 21/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-26
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish