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4/29/2007 - 1:00 PM PST

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XII Ordinary General Assembly: Theme – “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”

SYNOD OF BISHOPS

XII ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

THE WORD OF GOD
IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH

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INDEX

Preface

INTRODUCTION

Why A Synod on the Word of God?

Questions

CHAPTER I

REVELATION, THE WORD OF GOD AND THE CHURCH

God Takes the Initiative: Divine Revelation by the Word of God
The Human Person Needs Revelation
The Word of God is Intimately a Part of Human History and Guides it
Jesus Christ is the Word of God Made Man, the Fullness of Revelation
The Word of God as a Symphony
Personal Faith Responds to the Word of God, a Faith Manifested in Listening
Mary, Every Believer's Model of How to Welcome the Word
The Word of God, Entrusted to the Church, is Transmitted to Every Generation
Divine Tradition and Sacred Scripture in the Church: A Single Sacred Deposit of the Word of God
Sacred Scripture, the Inspired Word of God
A Necessary, Demanding Task: Interpreting the Word of God in the Church
Old and New Testaments: A Single Economy of Salvation

Questions

CHAPTER II

THE WORD OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH

The Church is Born and Lives by the Word of God
The Word of God Sustains the Church Throughout Her History
Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God Permeates and Animates Every Aspect of the Church's Life
The Church is Nourished on the Word in Various Ways

a - In the Liturgy and Prayer
b - in evangelization and catechesis
c - In exegesis and theology
d - In the life of the believer

Questions

CHAPTER III

THE WORD OF GOD IN THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

The Church's Mission is to Proclaim Christ, the Word of God Made Man
The Word of God is to be Accessible to All, in Every Age
The Word of God: the Grace of Communion Among Christians
The Word of God: A Light for Interreligious Dialogue

a - With the Jewish people
b - With other religions

The Word of God: The Leaven in Modern Culture
The Word of God and Human History

Questions

CONCLUSION

Listening to the Word of God in the Life of the Believer

GENERAL INDEX OF QUESTIONS


PREFACE

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

The Word of God has shown itself to be a living force throughout the course of salvation history. God, the Source of Life (cf. Lk 20:38), takes the first step in communicating himself. His Word is addressed to man, the work of his hands (cf. Job 10:3), who is created precisely to respond and enter into dialogue with his Creator. Therefore, the Word of God is always present to humankind from the first moment of creation to the very end of its pilgrimage on this earth. The Word of God manifests itself in a variety of ways, culminating in the mystery of the Incarnation, when the Word, who was with God, became man (cf. Jn 1:1, 14) through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, who died and rose again, is the “Living One” (Rev 1:18), the One who has the words of eternal life (cf. Jn 6:68).

The Word of God is piercing. It casts light on every person’s life and indicates the road to be followed. This is clearly seen in the ...

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