The Pope’s Angelus address (given at the mass celebrated on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, 6 January) turns us once more to Jesus and to the Scriptures which point to him. He called believers everywhere to cherish God’s word and keep it near every day of our lives:
“The Magi’s experience evokes the journey of every man to Christ. As it was for the Magi, so for us to seek God means to walk, fixing our gaze on heaven and seeing in the visible sign of the star the invisible God who speaks to our heart. The star that is able to guide every man to Jesus is the Word of God: it is the light that directs our path, nourishes our faith and regenerates it. It is the Word of God, which constantly renews our hearts and our communities. Therefore, we must not forget to read it and meditate it every day, so that it becomes for each one of us a flame that we carry within us to guide our steps and also those of one who walks beside us, who perhaps finds it hard to find the way to Christ.” (read full speech here)
The Scriptures, when in a language we understand, are precious and powerful to lead us to the God who gave them, yet millions worldwide still do not have access to them. Why? It’s not just because illiteracy bars the way, but because the Scriptures do not even exist in their mother tongue. Of nearly 7,000 languages worldwide, only 530 or so have the complete Bible.
It is for this reason that Wycliffe Bible Translators and thousands of individuals and partners worldwide continue to work together. Our vision is that all people will have access to God’s word – the star that leads us to Jesus – in a language that they truly understand. Through Bible translation, we too have seen hearts renewed and communities revived as God’s word becomes available in the mother tongue. Would you like to join us? Find out how you can be involved.