Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom tells us that God ‘does not rejoice in the destruction of the living, for God fashioned all things that they might have being’ (Wis 1:14). God wishes abundant life for all.

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Dear PM its not a Gap it’s a Chasm

A while back I retired as the State Coordinator of Aboriginal Education from 1999 to 2012 for a major education system. During my tenure Indigenous students enjoyed their highest an continually growing outcomes both educationally and socially. There were two reasons for that.

Firstly, targeted IESIP funding where I could hold accountable schools using ever growing targets as well as controlling the uses of Indigenous funding.

Secondly and most importantly there were large numbers of Aboriginal Education Workers in all schools.

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Justice Reflections from Fr Claude

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus’ calming the storm is the first nature miracle in Mark. Writing about a storm, Parker Palmer says: ‘It swirls around us as economic injustice, ecological ruin, physical and spiritual violence, and their inevitable outcome, war. It swirls within us as fear and frenzy, greed and deceit, and indifference to the suffering of others’ (A Hidden Wholeness). We do not need Jesus to ‘command the wind and the waves’ but who can speak ‘Peace be still’ to the struggle for justice today; to our economic crisis alongside the poor; to our ecological crisis and our threatened existence on planet Earth; to the struggle for equality for women and men; to challenge homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia that threatens to capsize the lives of many young people wondering if anyone cares that they are perishing. 

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