I will put up an article each week and invite people to respond - I will write a 300 word reflection - hopefully that can stimulate discussion and in the midst of the dialogue we could develop some sense of cyber community?
On Tuesday 20th January 2009 Barak Hussein Obama was formally sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. Two million people came out onto the streets of Washington to cheer him, there were joyful gatherings across the USA, and in many other parts of the world.
In the midst of a global economic crisis, intractable conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and fears about the future of our planet… people are looking for hope. Obama seems to embody hope with his vision of change in so many areas of human enterprise, made possible he suggests through collaborative effort.
I wonder if there was a similar sense of excitement among the communities of Galilee as Jesus shared his vision of hope… as he spent time with people who were excluded in his society and explained that they were important to God and worthy of love.
When we hear this week’s Gospel describe Jesus calling James and John we might imagine that his message and his miracles would have been the topic of conversations all over the region. So when Jesus said to James and John, ‘Do you want to be a part of this?’ They’d already had time to think about it and they joined the team we’ve come to know as ‘the disciples’.
In some ways two thousand years later we are also part of that same ‘team’ because of the promises that were made at our Baptism and Confirmation. As we celebrated Australia Day this week we might remember some of the needs in our country, in our local community, and in our Church community? We might then ask ourselves what it is we’re planning to do as part of the ‘team’ this year in response to those needs.
*posted on behalf of Cameron Venables