Seventy people were welcomed by Father Matthew Nunes, episcopal vicar for formation, to a day reflecting on the Gospel according to Matthew held at Holy Rosary Parish Centre in Aintree. The newly refurbished parish centre proved an excellent venue for such a diocesan gathering.
Led by Salesian scripture scholar Father Michael Winstanley, readers, catechists and interested parishioners were given an overview of the gospel and introduced to its distinctive structure. In the afternoon Father Michael focused on key passages which the gospel's author uses to show us a compassionate Servant King who fulfils the promises found in the Old Testament. People were very appreciative of his gentle yet scholarly style which opened up some of the riches of this gospel in a very accessible way. Indeed, there was something for everyone to take away with them.
The two keynote talks were supported by workshop opportunities: 'Leading children's Liturgy of the Word during the Year of Matthew' which was led by Ann Welsh, and 'Praying with Matthew' led by Sister Moira Meeghan. In addition, Steve Atherton offered 'The first shall be last and the last first: Justice and Peace in Matthew' in the morning, with 'Seeing and hearing Matthew’ provided by Veronica Murphy in the afternoon.
The next Word of the Lord Day will take place at LACE on Saturday 10 June 2017. It will be directed by Dr Ian Boxall, professor of New Testament Studies in the Catholic University of America. To register your interest, please contact the pastoral formation department – tel: 0151 522 1040 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org