You see, then, how our Tradition is like a mass of leavened dough; we can see it growing and in that growth is communion: journeying together brings about true communion. Here too, the Acts of the Apostles can help us by showing us that communion does not suppress differences. It is the wonder of Pentecost, where different languages are not obstacles; by the working of the Holy Spirit, “each one heard them speaking in his own language” (Acts 2:8). Feeling at home, different but together on the same journey. [Pardon me for speaking so long, but the Synod is a serious matter, and so I have felt free to speak at length…]
So we wrap up the thought that differences should not end conversations or discernment, but they can be viewed as opportunities for the working of the Holy Spirit to be welcomed and seen in communities throughout the Church and in the Body as a whole.
Permit another image of my own. My sister, a dancer and a teacher, has suffered frequent injuries in the course of her career. If she waits too long for needed surgery, or even simple rest and repair, an old injury can resurface with discomfort. A malady in the ankle or knee can lead to back pain or stiffness elsewhere in the body. Stress or distress in one part of the body throws off balance for the whole physical being. We should allow differences to surface, then discuss and move forward.
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