Reflection 147 Resolution Previous reflections
Based on the
Vatican 2 document
"Gaudium et Spes" (Church in the world) Chapter 4: 44
"The Church's purpose has been to adapt the Gospel
to the understanding of all people
This accommodated preaching of the revealed word ought to
remain the law of all evangelization.
For thus the ability to express Christ's message in its own way is developed in each nation,
and at the same time there is fostered a living exchange between the Church and the diverse cultures of people.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, it is the task of the entire People of God,
especially pastors and theologians,
to hear, distinguish and interpret the many voices of our age,
and to judge them in the light of the divine word,
so that revealed truth can always be more deeply penetrated, better understood and set forth to greater advantage"
After reading the above words, one automatically thinks of
people like Matteo Ricci
who put the above words into practice 400 years ago
Jesus, may the spirit of Ricci not be
by the present trend of "literal liturgy"
which goes over the heads of so many people
and seeks to impose a European church on the rest of the world