In preparing for this week’s message, which is the third in a series of breaking open our diocesan five foundations, I reflected on our Sunday readings. I felt the urgent call for us, as a community, to be responsible for each other and all of creation, even more so during this pandemic.
Here we are at the beginning of spring and for me COVID seems to have made for a long winter. I must admit that I am enjoying the days getting longer and warmer and wish to acknowledge that we are now in month of the Seasons of Creation.
For those who read last week’s message, you may recall that I indicated that I would take the opportunity over the coming weeks to break open the concept I introduced to you, from my Hunter Community Alliance training, about private pain, pressure or motivation and intentional public action for the common good and how that might relate to our work toward the diocesan synod.
While thinking of this week’s message and reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel, Matthew 15:21-28, in which a Canaanite woman shouted at Jesus for him to have pity on her because her daughter was tormented by the devil, I recalled last week’s training that formed part of community organising for civil society and the Hunter Community Alliance.
This week in our Sunday Gospel reading, we have Jesus withdrawing to a lonely place after hearing of the violent death of his cousin John the Baptist. As I listened to these words, I imagined his grief and sadness, and just wanting to be alone.