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).

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Thursday 11th March

Readings:              Lk 11:14-23

Pray for:                The peoples and needs of Palm Island

Reflection:            ‘I said when I was on Palm Island almost two weeks ago that the Palm Island Catholic community is the most important parish community in the diocese. I am not sure if all those who heard me understood why I said that. It was because the Palm Island Catholic community and the larger community of Palm Island are the communities experiencing the greatest pain in our diocese at the moment, and where there is pain there is Jesus Christ. Where there is the greatest pain he is most powerfully present and where Jesus is most powerfully, there is the centre of our diocese…

Our world is imperfect, all our programs and initiatives are imperfect, but this must not stop us. The worst possible outcome of this present crisis would be that we would give up trying because of it. No matter how imperfect our world and how much we have to deal with and put up with and live with, no matter who we are, indigenous or not, we must never give up. We have no right to give up because Christ has set us free and Christ has won the victory.’

Bishop Michael Putney, Homily at Mass for Reconciliation 14 Dec 2004, shortly after the death of Cameron Doomadgee in police custody.