The theme for this year's Institute on liturgical Studies-"Grace Upon Grace: Living Word."-describes what should enliven and move every action among God's people. Not only doxological actions, but didactic, kerygmatic, evangelistic, parenetic-you name it, every thought and action should live in and arise out of the living word.l But just what is that living word? The adjective is striking, not the one we usually attach to the term "word" in either its garden variety meaning or its theological sense. Where do you find a living word? The classical answer for many is obvious: in the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures. And there is a great truth in that. As Luke Timothy Johnson recently put it:
Krentz, Edgar, "Living Word: Sharper Than Any Two-Edged Sword" (1996). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. Paper 65.