The following words were recited as part of the Alleluia verse on Sunday:
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our heart,
that we might see how great is the hope
to which we are called.
It was hard to choose what aspect this week’s message should take, given that I am writing this on October 4, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
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.