6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Beatitudes as Synod

If you attended the Webinar hosted by the Magdala Colloquy, you’ll remember that John Dalla Costa introduced us to Pope Francis’ model of the Polyhedron as Synodality. This model allows us to explore the different ways that groups share complex relations to Church. A Polyhedron is a shape made up of/emerging from other shapes; each intersection creates a ‘seam’ between shapes. When we think about Synodality, we must remember that we are not all the same shape, sometimes our shape fits better with other shapes, and not so well with others, but there is an intersection which exists. The Polyhedron is important for us because it displays a radical inclusivity – something that is shared with the Beatitudes. Our Gospel reading for today reminds to reevaluate our priorities. Our understanding of what is important is turned on its head, we are once again called to see the value of the outcast, the poor, those who weep, those who have naught. Christ teaches us to be inclusive, to welcome those that have otherwise been forgotten.

The Polyhedron succeeds at illuminating for us what words may have failed: the complex way that the intersections exist between us all. Today, we see that there are systematic issues which effect the vulnerable the most significantly. We are challenged by the Beatitudes to address these issues. Tackling them head on is often difficult because we lose sight of the whole. The Polyhedron, I think, also gives us a solution to this problem. We must view the individuals in a more holistic way, taking into consideration not only where they intersect in one place, but in all places. As we continue this Synodal process, we encourage you to begin thinking about your shape and how you fit into other shapes. Where and how do you intersect with others’ shapes?

 

If you have not already, you are encouraged to fill out the Archdiocesan Synodal survey at www.archtoronto.org

Sunday’s Readings

  • Jeremiah 17.5-8
  • Psalm 1
  • 1 Corinthians 15.12, 16-20
  • Luke 6.17, 20-26