On March 27th, members of various Movements and New Communities present in the Holy Land gathered in Emmaus Nicopolis, at the Community of the Beatitudes, to prepare together for the celebration of the upcoming Pentecost. The meeting opened with Mass celebrated by Father David Neuhaus, coordinator of the Synod.
The event is part of the Synodal Way desired by Pope Francis, which in this first phase takes place at the local level. In particular, the initiative is a continuation of the work begun with the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins, H. B. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who invited Movements and New Communities to grow in mutual knowledge and to see in their own charism the contribution that each can give to the local Church.
Fr DAVID NEUHAUS, sj Synod Coordinator “We really need the Effusion of the Holy Spirit to stand and walk tall so that we can be witnesses to the Resurrection, with the joy, the singing, the dancing of these new communities. We have something to learn. I hope that these new movements, as part of the Church on the move in the Holy Land, will make their contribution to this renewal that we want to experience during the synod.”
Immediately after the celebration, the participants went inside the Museum for a moment of sharing what the Patriarch’s motivation was. In fact, in that occasion, he affirmed that the new realities are like a “sign of Providence” and “a desire of God”. The presence of charisms – he added – is constitutive of the identity of the Church.
LIOBA RADKE Koinonia John the Baptist “When Father David lifted up the body of Jesus, it struck me that we were right in Emmaus where Jesus lifts up the bread to bless it, and the eyes of the disciples are opened. And the Lord also wants to give us one more thing. He wants to give us a gift: it is as if he had gathered us here in Emmaus to open our eyes as well and lead us on the path to Easter and then to Pentecost.”
The purpose of the meeting was also to prepare for this year’s Pentecost. From the discussion it emerged that the path we have started will be a process of communion and knowledge, made of small steps. First of listening to each other and then of concrete proposals that can contribute to change the world, as it happened in the early church, which after Pentecost, having overcome fear, was a witness of the Risen One!