The Pope Francisco He participated this Sunday in the opening of the Synod of Bishops and asked the Church to go out to meet reality.
“God does not dwell in aseptic and quiet places, far from reality, but walks by our side and reaches us wherever we are, on the sometimes rough routes of life,” said the pontiff.
And he added: “everything changes when we are capable of authentic encounters with Him and with each other. Without formalities, without falsehoods, without makeup.”
The Synod of Bishops is the ecclesial consultation body that until October 2023 will discuss the need to listen and open new creative paths in evangelization.
“The Spirit asks us to listen to the questions, to the anxieties, to the hopes of each Church, of each people and nation. And also to listen to the world, to the challenges and changes that it puts before us. . We do not soundproof the heart, we do not shield ourselves within our certainties, “he completed.
Thus, Francis urged to put aside the “closures” and to ask oneself “about the path” that the Church should take.
“Not in organizing events or in making a theoretical reflection of the problems, but, above all, in taking time to be with the Lord and favor the encounter between us. We often prefer to take refuge in formal relationships or wear masks of circumstance, the Clerical Spirit , cut: they are more ‘Mr. Abbot’ than father. Wearing these masks of circumstances, the encounter changes us and often suggests new paths that we did not think to travel, “he said.
At the Eucharist – in which Francis officially inaugurated the Synod of Bishops with the title “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission” – some 3,000 people participated, a number of faithful who had not been gathered since before the irruption. of the covid-19 pandemic.