The National Council of Priests of Australia held their bi-annual conference in Canberra earlier this month. Driving in, we stopped at the suburb of Dixon. It seemed that on every corner there were youngish people begging. I felt very uncomfortable; Canberra, our national capital, our richest city. Later in the week, Archbishop Prowse in the course of an interesting homily remarked that “Homelessness was a major problem in Canberra”. How can this be?
This Sunday, the Australian Catholic Church is meant to reflect upon issues of social justice on this, our annual Social Justice Sunday. Against the words of James and in the light of the Royal Commission; “All your gold and all your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body.”
Another Royal Commission and the Gospel; “But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith etc.”
A coming Royal Commission into the Aged Care Sector might well reflect on the joy of “a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ etc.”
Today we are called to ponder ‘A place to call home’, making a home for everyone in our land. We have some soul searching to do! And, hopefully, not another Royal Commission to do what elected representatives are elected to do.
The passages we have been reading and musing over these past few weeks are a challenge for us to read the signs of the times and to put our energies to confront the evil we recognise, to accompany those already battling the evil, and to bring our Christian strengths to the task.
Bill Hayden wrote recently that “Christianity for me represents the qualities I have attempted to apply in my life but from now on will strive to uphold with faith.” So, too, for us as we continue to explore the hidden truths in our Gospel and Catholic teaching.
We are not alone. There are countless numbers of Eldads and Medads in our communities. We bring a firm conviction and, in addition, we enjoy the help, guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit. Take time to ask the Spirit to assist you in the tasks you adopt!