Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - "The Word of God is a source of nourishment and spiritual growth. Its importance in our daily life obliges us to know it and to fully appreciate it. The Biblical Month, therefore, offers Catholics the opportunity to continue to deepen their relationship with God by listening carefully to his word", affirm the Bishops of Malawi in their message for the Biblical Month which is celebrated in September, sent to Fides.
The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), through the Pastoral Commission, therefore, encourages all Catholics to have a copy of the Bible, to read, meditate and put into practice the Word of God. This year, the reflection on the Biblical Month comes as the Universal Church celebrates the year of Saint Joseph, one of the biblical figures who obeyed God's will in their lives. The Bishops therefore invite the whole Catholic family to meditate seriously on the life of this Saint: "The year of Saint Joseph should be fruitful for all of us, the obedient Father, who protected Mary and Jesus, and taught his Son to do the will of God. We must fully understand that the Bible is the Word of God qualified by Saint Gregory as the letter of God, source of all truths. The existence of the Bible is the greatest blessing mankind has ever experienced". The biblical coordinator of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, Fr. Henry Zulu, said the Church has organized a series of activities to guide Christians in dioceses, parishes and small Christian base communities (SCC) throughout the month. Fr. Zulu invites "families to say the prayer for the family using the Bible; all Christians are encouraged to listen to Bible programs on Catholic radio stations; parishes and pastoral agents are asked to organize retreats for young people during the holidays".
The Church began celebrating the Biblical Month after the declaration of the Holy Father made in 2019, on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Biblical Apostolate, established to promote the Word of God among Catholics. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 4/9/2021)