Filipino bishops have expressed their readiness for the opening of the Synod of Communion, Participation and Mission on October 17 as part of the two-year preparation for the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023.
In his pastoral message entitled “Jesus Walked with Them (Luke 24:15)”, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles shared the process of the pre-synodal consultation that will last until February 11, 2022.
“What will happen in the next months? We will gather together in small circles in parishes, schools and basic ecclesial communities to pray together and ask the Spirit to lend us His eyes and mind and heart. We will look at two landscapes not with our eyes but with the eyes of the Lord,” Archbishop Valles said.
The “two landscapes” that the Church will be looking into are those of “How is our Church within” and “How is the Church together with the entire human family”. Through these two questions, the faithful will be guided to contemplate together during the four-month activity.
Upon the collection of all pre-consultation data from the diocesan level, the CBCP will hold a three-day national assembly on March 7-9, 2022, and shall submit a national report to the Synod General Secretariat by April 2022.
In his message during the Opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality last October 10, the Holy Father said that the celebration of a Synod means walking together on the same road.
“Let us look at Jesus. First, he encounters the rich man on the road; he then listens to his questions, and finally, he helps him discern what he must do to inherit eternal life. Encounter, listen and discern. I would like to reflect on these three verbs that characterize the Synod,” Pope Francis said. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church)