April 29, 2007

The last synod was about the Eucharist, and the next one will be about the Sacred Scriptures, the Word of God

[I have included a highlighted excerpt from the Preface, then the outline of the Introduction, Chapters, and Conclusion. ]


Guidelines for the next Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
October 5 to 26, A.D. 2008

THEME: “THE WORD OF GOD IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH”

PREFACE
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The Word of God is active, as demonstrated in the personal lives of the patriarchs and prophets and seen throughout the history of the Elect of the Old and New Testaments. Jesus Christ bears witness to this in a totally unique way. The WORD of God became FLESH “and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). Through his Church, he carries on the proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the healing of the sick (cf. Lk 9:2). THE CHURCH CONTINUES TO ACCOMPLISH THESE SALVIFIC WORKS THROUGH THE WORD AND THE SACRAMENTS, ESPECIALLY THE EUCHARIST, THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH, where the WORDS of consecration produce THROUGH THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT their effect of transforming bread into THE LORD'S BODY and wine into HIS BLOOD (cf. Mt 26:26-28; Mk 14: 22-23; Lk 22: 19-20). The Word of God is therefore the source of communion not only between humankind and God but also among people, one with another, all of whom are the Lord’s beloved.

THIS CLOSE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE EUCHARIST AND THE WORD OF GOD was a factor in the choice of topic for the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, fulfilling a long-held desire to treat the Word of God in a synodal assembly. Consequently, after the Synod of Bishops on “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church,” which took place from 2 to 23 October 2005, thoughts naturally turned to giving attention to “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” in order to examine more thoroughly the meaning of THE ONE TABLE OF THE BREAD AND WORD. [....]

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INTRODUCTION: WHY A SYNOD ON THE WORD OF GOD?

CHAPTER I. REVELATION, THE WORD OF GOD AND THE CHURCH
God Takes the Initiative: Divine Revelation by the Word of God
The Human Person Needs Revelation
The Word of God is Intimately a Part of Human History and Guides It
Jesus Christ is the Word of God Made Man, the Fullness of Revelation
The Word of God as a Symphony
Personal Faith Responds to the Word of God, a Faith Manifested in Listening
Mary, Every Believer's Model of How to Welcome the Word
The Word of God, Entrusted to the Church, Is Transmitted to Every Generation
Divine Tradition and Sacred Scripture in the Church: A Single Sacred Deposit of the Word of God
Sacred Scripture, the Inspired Word of God
A Necessary, Demanding Task: Interpreting the Word of God in the Church
Old and New Testaments: A Single Economy of Salvation
CHAPTER II. THE WORD OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
The Church Is Born and Lives by the Word of God
The Word of God Sustains the Church throughout Her History
Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God Permeates and Animates Every Aspect of the Church's Life
The Church is Nourished on the Word in Various Ways
a - In the Liturgy and Prayer
b - in Evangelization and Catechesis
c - In Exegesis and Theology
d - In the Life of the Believer
CHAPTER III. THE WORD OF GOD IN THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
The Church's Mission Is to Proclaim Christ, the Word of God Made Man
The Word of God Is to be Accessible to All, in Every Age
The Word of God: The Grace of Communion Among Christians
The Word of God: A Light for Interreligious Dialogue
a - With the Jewish people
b - With other religions
The Word of God: The Leaven in Modern Culture
The Word of God and Human History
CONCLUSION: LISTENING TO THE WORD OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER


1 Comments:

Blogger DimBulb said...

Sadly, whatever document comes out of this synod will probably be routinely ignored (as I think all documents on Scripture have been by a large number of the faithful). Progs will whine about an outdated book and trads will see creeping protestantism.

8:06 PM  

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