She continued, “At times, there can be a tendency to monopolize the sacred text by restricting it to certain circles or to select groups. It cannot be that way. The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division towards unity. The word of God unites believers and makes them one people.”
Speaking on the Sunday of the Word of God planned for January 23, Sr. Omondi urged the people of God to “befriend the word of God” saying that it gives direction to human life.
“Befriend the word of God; it is God’s love letter to you! It is life, and it will give a sense of direction to your life and make you a better family person and a better citizen,” the Nairobi-based FSP member said.
Credit: Sr. Olga Massango
She further said that since the word of God plays the role of transforming people by making them true Christians, then there is a need to love it and also ask questions to the right people.
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Highlighting lack of interest in the word of God and sometimes ignorance as some of the hindrances to the spread of the word of God, Sr. Omondi urged the faithful to refrain from being choosy or selective when it comes to listening to the word of God.
Credit: Sr. Olga Massango
She went on to urge the faithful to read the word of God not to get points in order to attack each other, but for personal growth, especially spiritual growth.
Sr. Omondi also urged the people of God to interact with other church materials including Lectio Divina, which she said teaches on how one can pray with the word of God.
The Catholic Sister told ACI Africa that the idea to institute the Sunday of the Word of God was an appeal by the people of God to the Holy Father, adding that it is an indication that people are thirsty for the word of God.
“For me then, it shows the thirst of the people of God, to understand the scriptures, not just an intellectual thirst, but spiritual thirst to meet the Lord of the scriptures in the scriptures,” Sr. Omondi said in reference to people’s appeal to Pope Francis to institute the Sunday of the Word of God.