The richness of the Word of God

Gospel Study Proposal

"Live in thanksgiving. May the Word of Christ dwell in you in all its richness". (Col 3, 15-16)


(Constitutions, no. 37. VD 227. Dei Verbum, 25)

The Easter testimony. (1 Jn 1, 1-4; Rm 1, 1-4)

Christ brings us into the knowledge of God (Mt 11, 27. VD 225. Jn 10, 14-15.27-28. Ps. 118)

I - God makes himself known

"Listen, Israel" (Dt 6, 4-7; Jn 16, 13; Mt 22, 37-40; VD 108)

The Son transmits the word of the Father (Jn 8, 35. 1, 18. VD 96-97 Jn 3, 33-35. Col. 1, 15. Jn 1, 1-18. VD 59-63)

Through the Spirit, the whole truth. (Jn 16,13-14. Eph 3,4-5. 1 Co 2,13-16)

How is the spiritual study of the Gospel the source of our going to the Father and getting to know his Envoy?

Take a moment of praise and contemplation: O Word! How beautiful you are!

II - Welcoming the Word

"The Lord has opened my ear" (Isaiah 50:4-5)

In community, at the heart of the liturgy. (Nh 8, 1-12)

Poverty, the example of Mary, the simplicity of the child (Ex 6:9; Dt 8:2-5; Am 8:11; Lk 1:38; 2:18; VD 127-128; 1 Pet 1:22-25; 2:1-3).

Witnessing and working the Scriptures (2 Pet 1:16-21)

What is my thirst for the Word of God and that of Christians? How does welcoming the Word make me humble and poor, like the disciple before the Master?

III - Obstacles and resistance

Christ's obedience to the Word of the Father (Mt 26:36-46; Mk 8:32-33)

The various obstacles (Heb 4, 11-13; Rev 3, 14-22; Mt 13, 1-23)

What are the "passions" (idols), the "reasonings" (hardening of the heart), the "fears" (unbelief) that prevent us from accepting the Word?

IV - The fruits of studying the Gospel

Union with Christ through the Holy Spirit (2 Thess 2:12-13; Jn 6:63; Is 55:10-12; Eph 3)

The Gospel as a rule of life. He does what he says (VD 225-229; Ps 39:4; 1 Jn 1:1-4; 2 Tim 3:15-17).

"Teaching catechism to the poorest" (Phil 2:15-16)

What fruits does the Holy Spirit bestow on me as I study the Gospel?

How are they a source of inner transformation and missionary creativity?

What about the Prado team and the poor people to whom we are sent?

In conclusion

A letter from Christ... (2 Cor 3:2-4; Acts 10:33)

Write a prayer to the Holy Spirit... with one or two discoveries about the mystery of God and the commitment of a true disciple of Christ, with a specific point of conversion!

Robert Daviaud - January 2010