Diocesan Synodal Journey Initiates A Listening Church
#25March2022 The Diocesan Synodal Journey may have formally closed but a mature and listening Church has been initiated.
This was emphasized by Most Rev. Roberto O. Gaa, DD, during his Homily in a Mass he presided on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord to celebrate the said Diocesan occasion.
Citing what transpired in the Annunciation, the Bishop said that when Mary, in her obedience, said ‘yes,’ God took flesh in her womb.
“Just like Jesus in the womb of Mary, the synodality has taken on flesh in us, but it has to grow in us as well,” he said. “Bigyan ng pagpapahalaga yung inumpisahan natin sa Pre-Synodal Consultations so that it will also transform the Church just like Mary, her ‘yes’ transformed her life, and our ‘yes’ to the process will transform our lives.”
Reiterating that this is just the beginning, the Bishop said that the synodal path and process undertaken has initiated a listening Church.
“We look forward to a Church that is growing and mature, a church that is learning from its mistakes, that continues to value the voice of the voiceless, so that we learn how to accommodate and welcome them,” he added. “We learn to listen to the voices of those who are hurting so that we can be instruments of healing; we listen to the voice of those marginalized so that we can walk with them and serve them.”
Echoing this dynamic of listening, Rev. Msgr. Jesus Romulo “Monsi”C. Rañada, revealed that what he has learned from the Pre-Synodal Consultations, and surely, he said, others too, is to really listen to each other. “Listening to one another which hopefully would redound to us hearing God and what He wants us to be and to do,” he further said.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo, unang-una sa Panginoong Diyos sapagkat sa gitna ng pandemya, kahit mahirap gawin nito ay naisagawa natin at natapos natin according to schedule,” he said. “And I’d like also to thank the Synodal Path Team ng ating diocese, ang mga pari, mga madre, and especially mga Layko, sila talaga yung nanguna sa consultation process na ito.”
He then went on to turn over to the Bishop eight boxes of documents, composing of papers and reports, including synthesis, gathered from the different groups and sectors of society that were consulted.
Sealed and secured, the said boxes will be opened during the Pastoral Diocesan Assembly in September.
Reading of the decree to formally close the Diocesan level of the Synodal Journey was done by Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Percival Flores, Chancellor.
“The solemn Mass was a way of thanking the Lord for the grace of a successful journey together,” he began. “We also asked the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Church and our Mother.”
On the same Eucharistic celebration, the Mass attendees joined Pope Francis in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. [Lulu Reclusado-Nario- Soccomm Nova]
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