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Pope sums up main themes as Synod of Bishops closes
At the closing Mass on Sunday, the Pope said the day's Gospel story of Blind Bartimaeus was a perfect model for the New Evangelization.
- By Matthew A. Rarey and Carl Bunderson
- Vatican City
- October 30, 2012
Drawing from the day's Gospel of Mark reading, the Pope noted that Christ curing the blind man Bartimaeus â€śis the last miraculous healing that Jesus performs before his Passion, and it is no accident that it should be that of a blind person, someone whose eyes have lost the light.
â€ť??Pope Benedict noted that physical blindness â€śhas great significance in the Gospelsâ€ť because it â€śrepresents man who needs Godâ€™s light, the light of faith, if he is to know reality truly and to walk the path of life.â€ť
â€śIt is essential to acknowledge oneâ€™s blindness, oneâ€™s need for this light, otherwise one could remain blind for ever.â€ť
The blind Bartimaeus represents mankind, the Pope went on to say, because he â€śrepresents man who has lost the light and knows it, but has not lost hope.â€ť??Pope Benedict made his remarks at the close of the Oct. 7 - 28 synod on the new evangelization in Rome, which gathered bishops from the world over to Rome to discuss the transmission of the Christian faith in the modern world.
The synod â€śmeaningfully coincidedâ€ť with the opening of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the Pope said.
Synod fathers have released a document of 58 propositions about the new evangelization. Pope Benedict will review the findings of the synod and will write a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, after considering their propositions.
During his homily, the pontiff said that Sunday's Gospel reading directly applies to the recent synod,Â and highlight three themes that emerged from the event.??â€śThe first concerns the Sacraments of Christian initiation. It has been reaffirmed that appropriate catechesis must accompany preparation for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist,â€ť he said. â€śThe importance of Confession, the Sacrament of Godâ€™s mercy, has also been emphasized.
â€ť??Secondly, â€śthe Churchâ€™s task is to evangelize, to proclaim the message of salvation to those who do not yet know Jesus Christ.â€ť
â€śA third aspect concerns the baptized whose lives do not reflect the demands of Baptism...Such people are found in all continents, especially in the most secularized countries.â€ť
â€śThe Church is particularly concerned that they should encounter Jesus Christ anew, rediscover the joy of faith and return to religious practice in the community of the faithful.â€ť
The Pope then encouraged all the faithful to embrace full sight in Christ, putting away â€śall blindness to the truth, all ignorance and, removing the darkness that obscures our vision like fog before the eyes, let us contemplate the true God.â€ť
He also pointed out that while many lands need to be re-evangelized, this is â€śessentially linked to the Missio ad Gentesâ€ť and that there are â€śstill many regions in Africa, Asia and Oceania whose inhabitants await with lively expectationsâ€ť the first proclamation of the Gospel.
Full Story:Â Faith overcomes spiritual blindness, Pope says at synod close
Source: Catholic News Agency