Saturday 23 March 2024

About Today Readings

St Turibius de Mogrovejo

Ezekiel 37:21-28. The Lord will guard us, like a shepherd guarding his flock – Jeremiah 31:10-13. John 11:45-56.

Right relationships with each other and God

The concept of sovereignty has developed over recent centuries. When First Nations people today speak of being sovereign Australian peoples, they use the term as it has come to be understood, but also in continuity with the different understanding their ancestors had of their relationship with the land.

Some people could read today’s First Reading as proof of sovereignty over the Holy Land dating back to ancient times. They then would be able to justify their actions to reclaim Palestine. A different view of today’s readings might look more broadly at what it means for people to be gathered from around the world into a single kingdom with Jesus. It replaces the idea of sovereignty linked to a physical place with an idea of sovereignty linked to our relationships with each other and God.

We pray today we might find a way to balance our need for a place to call home with the need for right relationships with others who share our connection with the land.

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