In his September 30, 2019 Apostolic Letter Aperuit illis, “He opened to them,” Pope Francis established that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God.” In recognition of this papal proclamation and its inaugural celebration on January 26, 2020, The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies is offering a morning seminar the previous day, January 25, from 8:30 to noon, on the theme “‘He Opened to Us the Scriptures’ (Luke 24:32): Celebrating the Sunday of the Word of God.”
The seminar will feature three talks, one by each of the Emmaus teaching staff, on themes that lie at the heart and center of our Catholic faith: “Scripture and Tradition,” by Emmaus president Dr. Vern Steiner; “Scripture and Creed,” by associate teacher Chad Steiner; and “Scripture and Sacrament,” by associate teacher Joshua Burks. The content promises to be informing, inspiring, and accessible to people at all levels who are interested in how ‘Scripture’ and ‘Catholic’ are necessarily and inseparably bound together.
The title of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter and the name of the Emmaus Institute both derive from Lucan post-resurrection appearances of Christ to his followers. The Letter’s release date of September 30 is also significant as the Feast Day of St. Jerome, who is famously quoted as saying, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” In his Letter, the Holy Father stressed that, “Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet . . . without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible.” The upcoming seminar affords an opportunity for God’s people to grow in their familiarity with the Scriptures, their intimacy with the Lord who speaks in them, and their understanding of the mission to which we are called as Christians.
The January 25 event is the second of three regular Emmaus seminars planned for the current academic year. It will be hosted by the Institute staff at their 3901 Normal Blvd location in Lincoln. To register, click the link below. The seminar cost of $30 includes handout materials, coffee, and refreshments. Due to limited space, early registration is encouraged.
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