Readings for Week: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32 – 2; Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.

Sunday 14th March

Pray for: Giya Country, its peoples and needs.

Reflection: Because of Christ we will not settle for partnership and collaboration, programs and initiatives, important as these are. We can only rest if we are one family, if all are brothers and sisters, if all are truly friends. Anything less is not fully faithful to what Jesus Christ outlined in his preaching and as we heard he preached in the synagogue at Nazareth. But we cannot be friends if we do not know each other and we cannot know each other if we do not go to meet each other, (Bishop Michael Putney, Homily at Mass for Reconciliation 14 Dec 2004).

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Monday 15th March

Pray for: Nyawaygi, Gugu-Badhun & Bindil Country, their peoples and needs; Lurleen Blackman, NATSIEC Commissioner; the work of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Queensland, and Shalom College in Townsville.

Reflection: In response to the commission of Christ “to make disciples of all nations”, the Congress gives priority to wholistic evangelism. This means that Congress will seek to minister in love to people in all their needs: spiritual, political, physical, social and cultural. Believing that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the basis for true salvation and reconciliation between people and God, Congress will endeavour to bring people into relationship with God through faith and baptism.  Mindful too that it must witness to the hope and reality of the reign of God, Congress will share the vision of this reign with people in all their need: it will offer hope to the hopeless and apathetic; it will seek to empower the powerless, to break the chains of their oppression; it will seek to build community on the basis of justice for all people  (from the UAICC Statement of Belief).

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