Abuja, 11 December, 2022 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The Holy Trinity, the relationship of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, provides “unique and easily accessible insight” for grasping the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality, members of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria (CABAN) have said.
In their latest communiqué shared with ACI Africa Friday, December 9, CABAN members say the Synodality process comprises the life and character of the Trinitarian God “who in the Bible does everything inseparably together from creation, through redemption, to sanctification, for the good of humanity and creation.”
The Biblical scholars in the West African add, “We posit that this awareness of how our Trinitarian God, the different parts of our human body, and the parts of creation work together offer unique and easily accessible insight for understanding synodality and how the Church that desires to become a truly synodal Church, and whose members together are ‘the body of Christ’, should live and work together in service to the gospel.”
In the communiqué issued following their four-day 15th Annual Conference that concluded November 25, CABAN members say the Trinitarian God offers easy-to-access act of understanding because “each person can reflect on and learn from how the different parts of their individual body work together (and) every Christian is baptized into the life of the Trinity.”
“In the New Testament, synodality is witnessed by members of the early church who struggled to overcome their ingrained, Torah-based ethnic and other differences and prejudices in order 'with one heart and soul' (Acts 4:32) to share their life together, encourage one another as people of 'the Way' (Acts 9:2), which is Jesus (John 14:6), and participate together in the mission he entrusted to them,” they say.