Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
but as it truly is, the word of God.
1 Thes 2:13
My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
What is the Word of God? The Word of God is our faith. It is the handing down from generation to generation the gift of God’s love to one another. It is the enlightenment of our soul toward God. It is the delight of our spirit.
The Word of God is knowledge. Pope Francis said, “Faith-knowledge, because it is born of God’s covenantal love, is knowledge which lights up a path in history. That is why, in the Bible, truth and fidelity go together: the true God is the God of fidelity who keeps his promises and makes possible, in time, a deeper understanding of his plan.”
The Word of God is service. If we have faith in our heart and knowledge of our faith, the Holy Spirit will compel us to serve God and our neighbor.
Each year I visit with our students, faculty, staff, parents and volunteers of our Catholic schools and I am greeted with the Word of God by their participation in the Sacraments; by their integration of faith and knowledge; and by their service to one another in the Lord’s name.
Our faculty, staff and students, from as far as the Dominican Republic to Ocala to Ormond Beach to Lakeland to Melbourne to Kissimmee to Orlando, are living the Word of God. I pray with gratitude for this gift of hope.
Thank you for your generosity of spirit in supporting the ministry of our Catholic schools. May we receive God in His Word that faith, knowledge and service be ever present upon our mind, our lips, and our heart.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John Noonan
Bishop of Orlando