Addis Ababa, 02 March, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
There is need for the people of God in Africa to enlarge “the space of our tents” to give room for God in the spirit of the Synod on Synodality that is at the continental phase, the first Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said.
Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula of Mozambique’s Catholic Diocese of Xai-Xai who was addressing participants in the ongoing Plenary Assembly of SECAM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, used the Biblical image of a tent in Chapter II of the Document for the Continental Stage (DCS).
Bishop Muandula reflected on the Biblical story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, saying, that the attitude that the former demonstrated by opening his heart and listening to the Holy Spirit that resulted in the salvation of the latter.
“Enlarging the space of our tents in the context of our synod on synodality means both to open our hearts to the Spirit of the Lord guiding us and to listen to what the Spirit is telling us,” Bishop Muandula said in his Thursday, March 2 reflection at the Conference Hall of De Leopold Hotel in the Archeparchy of Addis Ababa.
He added, “In our days, there are a lot of eunuchs seeking the salvation of the Lord, but if no one of us enlarges the tent of his heart to the spirit of guiding the Church, who is going to preach the Gospel to them?”