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.
As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there is an opportunity to join some online commemorations and encourage leaders of worship in your local church to incorporate recognition of this anniversary on Sunday 9 August.