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Stage 2 continues the journey through the celebration of the Eucharist with an exploration of the place of the Word of God in the Liturgy. The pastoral resources for Stage 2 can be accessed by clicking the link at the end of each movement.
Having reflected on the call to gather for Eucharist in Stage 1 we turn our attention to one of the important purposes for which Christ has gathered the Eucharistic Community. The theme of Stage 2 is Christ gathers us to listen, to hear, to be nourished and to be formed into community by God’s Word, and invites us to reflect on the place of the Word of God in our lives, and how we engage in hearing and responding to God’s Word as it is proclaimed during the celebration of the Eucharist.
The resources for Stage 2 offer reflections and tools for understanding and improving our listening skills, with a particular emphasis on how we use them at Mass. Each Movement of the journey is accompanied by selected texts including Scripture references and reflections, extracts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope Benedicts Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, which refer to the call to listen, to hear God speak and to respond with action to what we have heard. Included also are a variety of resources that explore the Word of God in art, in song and in prayer.
The Experience of listening and hearing
Participants discuss the activity of hearing and listening, and explore what promotes or is an obstacle to hearing one another.
The Meaning of hearing
Each participant explores, from personal experience, the dynamic and meaning both of hearing and of being heard.
Hearing and responding in the Scriptures
Hearing God speak - and responding to His Word - are at the heart of the Scriptures. This dynamic is explored through study and reflection.
Hearing and responding in Prayer
Participants reflect on how hearing the proclamation of the Word of God in the Eucharist has inspired creative responses in music, art, prayer and outreach to others.
Hearing and responding
Participants are invited to reflect on the desired outcome of having heard God speak in the context of the celebration of Eucharist and how they will live their response – in Communion with Christ and their neighbour. Asking ourselves the questions:
- how can we prepare ourselves and our community to listen more effectively?
- how can we ensure that our listening is translated into action (e.g. service and the work of justice?)
This is presented as the natural outcome of having been gathered to hear and to be nourished by the Word of the Lord.
Each Movement has its own resources.
- Visit the Vatican website for the full version of Verbum Domini and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Recommended Reading (General and Specialised)