The San Fernando Pastoral Region presents a new series of articles titled "Treasures of our Faith." The series is authored by Ryan Adams, one of the region's diaconate candidates and a member of the region's media team.
Adams' seventh article explains the readings.
By Ryan Adams
In the readings, God's word is laid out for the faithful, and the riches of the Bible are opened up to us. When the scriptures are read to us in the church, God himself is speaking to his people; and Christ, present in his own word, is proclaiming the Gospel to us. The readings of God's word must, therefore, be listened to by all with reverence; they make up a principal element of the liturgy. In the biblical readings, God's word addresses all people of every era.
When we gather for Mass, we hear our story — God’s story of his love for all of us — told to us through sacred scripture. The scriptures reinforce for us what we believe, to whom we belong, and of our relationship with our brothers and sisters and with God. This is why when we reach the end of the first and second reading, our response should be filled with joy as we exclaim, "Thanks be to God!"