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Spirit Led Diversity

[The] role of the Spirit may explain how diversity in expression is not only possible but essential. Through the power of the Spirit, the self-emptying of the Word is carried over into the words of sacrament, embodied in a diversity of cultures. Greater attention to the polyphony of embodiment and interpretation, within a diversity of assemblies, in a diversity of cultures, alerts us to the role the Spirit has to play in the ongoing interpretation and embodiment of the Word by which Christ is proclaimed as Lord and the key moment of history. It is indeed the otherness kept alive through the Spirit that allows within one communion of churches a diversity of appropriations and embodiments of the Word of God, of the kerygma of salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ.

David N. Power, “The Word in the Liturgy: Incarnating the Gospel in Cultures”, in Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God: Engaging the Fundamental Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet, eds. Philippe Bordeyne and Bruce T. Morrill (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008), p. 61. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6218-2.

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