Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Synod on the New Evangelization is now officially concluded with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica celebrated by our Holy Father, with all the synod fathers as concelebrants. How fitting that the Gospel was about the blind man, Bartimaeus, who asked that Jesus might allow him to see again.
Our Holy Father mentioned in his homily that Jesus was on His way to death in Jerusalem and yet stopped to hear the cry of this poor man. This encounter, like so many others throughout the pages of the Gospels, once again brings a person into the circle of Jesus’ presence. Jesus both answers the immediate request and provides so much more.
May the new evangelization allow each of us in the Church to present Christ to each other and to those not yet among us, and may this encounter with the Lord Jesus bring us salvation and joy!
Saturday October 27, 2012 The Village Fountain
The message to the people of God from the Synod Fathers has now been released. It is beautiful.
Beginning with the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well, it presents simultaneous images of the world searching and thirsting for the truth and the presence of Jesus, who both listens and leads. The Church is to accompany persons who search, pastorally listening and leading them to an encounter with Jesus. Of course all of us in the Church begin by conversion to Christ, so we might be joyful and bold witnesses.
Equally inviting is a wonderful image, very dear to Blessed John XXIII, of the parish as the village fountain.
The English version is about 14 pages but truly worth reading. Please visit here for the English version.
Now, I am on to the last session of the Synod with votes on propositions and then tomorrow, the closing Mass with our Holy Father.
May the Holy Spirit continue to guide the new evangelization so that there might truly be a new Pentecost!