The Scripture in the Assembly

The liturgical intention [of proclaiming from the Bible during the week assembly of the community] has been that these texts speak to us now not just of ourselves and our history, but of grace, of God’s action, of a new thing not yet imagined. The liturgical purpose is for something to happen in the use of the texts, not for them to function simply as archaic imagery of our current situation. … The intention of the community in reading texts on Sunday has been not only to give us a magnificent language for our need; it has been to offer the taste of those grapes. The community believes that such a taste is not simply our history or a projection of our own hope. It is grace and the presence of God in the midst of our history and our projected hopes. The intention of the liturgy is to manifest the presence of God in this assembly, a merciful presence that is meant not just for this assembly but for the world.

Gordon W. Lathrop, Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1993), p. 18. ISBN: 978-0-8006-3131-4.