“Synodality” and “discernment” are two words that have been used a great deal in church circles this year, and particularly in Australia as we continue our journey towards the Plenary Council of 2020 and 2021, and our own diocesan Synod of 2019-20-21.
What a joy the past week has been. Many have written to me and the Diocesan Synod Working Party speaking positively of their experience of the Diocesan Synod that began on Saturday 23 November. It seems to have been the spark of hope we needed, and how appropriate to have this encounter with hope as we begin the liturgical year.
Building the Kingdom of God Together, is the theme of our Diocesan Synod which commenced on Saturday when about 400 people gathered to pray, dialogue, listen, celebrate, and share food, drink and fellowship as well as Eucharist.
What a week it has been, the heartache of bushfires and drought and yet the readings of the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time remind us to keep on persevering. We are people of faith, hope and love.