Sunday 28th March     PALM SUNDAY

Readings:        Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 22:14-23:56

Pray for:         Our Christian communities as sisters and brothers together walk the way of the Cross in this Holy Week; for a joyful response to the heart of the Gospel and renewal in the power of the Resurrection.

Reflection:           Give incentive, not restriction, Give us Christ, not crucifixion. Though baptised and blessed and Bibled, We are still tabooed and libelled. You devout salvation sellers, make us neighbours, not fringe dwellers.       (from ‘Aboriginal Charter of Rights’ by Oodergeroo Noonuccal)

Thursday 1st April       Maundy Thursday

Readings:        Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14   Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19   1 Corinthians 11:23-26   John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Pray for:         A deepened awareness of the unity of all in the love and mission of God.

Reflection:      ‘Christ’s prayer was prayer of his heart.  Our hearts have become one with Christ’s through our faith and baptism.  We are constantly being transformed into Him.  He is living in us and we in Him.  We are being refashioned to become like him in every way.  His thoughts become our thoughts.  His mind our mind.  His love takes over our weak efforts to love. If all this is true, then it is equally true that his prayer ought to take over our prayer…we need to let that prayer surface.  We need to let it surface in the heart of every Christian so that there is a constant chorus ‘Father, may we be one so that the world will believe that it is you who sent him’” (Bishop Michael Putney ‘In the Shadow of the Cross’, NCCA Forum 2004).

Friday 2nd April           Good Friday

Readings:        Isaiah 52:13-53:12  Psalm 22   Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9   John 18:1-19:42

Pray for:         A refounding of our lives, communities and churches on the Cross of Christ and Jesus as our Great Defender.

Reflection:      The illustration of the Maladigarra has helped Aboriginal people see Jesus as the Great Defender.  A criminal sentenced to death has to stand before the tribal men to be speared.  But the defendant obtains a Maladigarra, a champion or trained deflector of spears.  All that the Maladigarra uses is a woomera.  He tells his client: “You watch me and my movements, and do everything I do.  Don’t watch the spears.”  He places himself in front of his client, woomera in hand.  He deflects all the spears and breaks them.  When all the spears are broken, his client is set free.This is a powerful illustration to help the Aboriginal know and realise what Jesus did for all people.  He put his life at stake because of his love for all…For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that he might be the great Maladigarra for all people!’   (Pastor George Rosendale Milbi Dabaar).

Saturday 3rd April       Holy Saturday

Readings:        Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24  Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16  1 Peter 4:1-8   Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42

Pray for:        Those in prison, caught up in the criminal justice system or perpetrators of crime: that they may hear the Gospel of repentance, forgiveness and new life.

Reflection:      ‘Near Princess Charlotte Bay, the country is flat and very rainy during wet seasons…According to Aboriginal law, marriage is arranged by the elders and there are strict rules about whom one can marry.  One clan broke the law by marrying anybody and by borrowing each other’s partners.  For this their god Yirrmbal was very angry with them, and decided to be rid of them.  He sent rain and thunderstorms to drown them.  Some of them escaped and made camp on a hill called Tableland, the only hill in the area.  Others tried to get to the high mountains of Coen.  One woman, who was the worst of the group, the chief of the prostitutes, also tried to escape; but Yirrmbal saw her just as she was getting to the top of the mountain.  He cursed her there and turned her into a huge rock. To this day the rock stands, and to this day voices are heard there, crying, mourning, and groaning.  People are warned not to go near the rock lest they be punished in the same way.  The god formed an island nearby on which to live, having decided to isolate himself from the area. In this myth, we discern the hill where it was that many were saved from eternal death; in the groaning how men live in sin all the time.  On a hill with a cross, we can find peace, love, and forgiveness’ (Pastor George Rosendale Milbi Dabaar).

Sunday 4th April         Easter Sunday

Readings:        Acts 10:34-43 Isaiah 65:17-25  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  1 Corinthians 15:19-26  Acts 10:34-43  John 20:1-18

Pray for:  the truth and power of the Resurrection to touch the lives of those in fear and shame this day.

Reflection:      ‘Rebirth must always continueIt is essential to keep alive the truth and hope that was given to us, in order to keep the Dream alive and to enrich this nation to become the nation it was meant to be: Great South Land of the Holy Spirit and the True Spirit of the land.  The True Spirit within all creation is continually being reborn,’ (E Pike Hope Built on the Dreaming 2004).

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