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SYNODALITY – A Theological Glossary


The word Synodality is made up of ten letters. The following is an attempt to state something of the purpose and process of the synodality that is being pursued at present from Pope Francis to the frontiers of the church which are not fixed geographically but flow from hope in the saying of Jesus, ‘For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them’ (Matt 18:20). Commenting on the ‘Christian reworking’ of the skekinah (the divine presence)’ here John P. Meier states: ‘The church gathers around the person and words of Jesus. The divine presence it experiences in such worship is none other than Jesus himself, Emmanuel, God-with-us, who has promised to be with his people always. Obviously it is the risen Jesus who speaks in v.20 to his church’.

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