Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21  •  Psalm 126  •  Philippians 3:4b-14  •  John 12:1-8

Pray for:                Darumbal Country, its peoples and needs; for Ernie Trevaskis, and Aboriginal ministries in Rockhampton; and Woorabinda Aboriginal Community

Reflection:           The emergence of one’s Aboriginal spirituality, when ignored and suppressed for so long, is unstoppable when the power of the spirit is behind it.  Not knowing or even realising what was ahead was most trying, naturally, but there were religious persons around who said do this, do that, read this or that, the start of (my growing in) the Catholic education and the Catholic laws.  The joy of all this new knowledge and sense of belonging to a spiritual family, sharing their faith and beliefs, was s wonderful.  As the knowledge and wisdom from the bible grows, so too does the powerful spiritual feeling from our ancestors of that great power and wisdom of the creator and of all that has been given to us, faith and belief.  Ernie Trevaskis, ‘Becoming an Aboriginal Catholic at 40’, in A Spirituality of Aboriginal Catholics and the Struggle for Justice (1993).