We are invited to find the incarnate God in our midst: in our encounters, our challenge to hope and our call to be with the marginalised, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.
In this Easter season, we can reflect on the message of the angel at the tomb who told Mary to spread the news and tell the disciples that “He is not here; he has risen and is going ahead of you into Galilee. It is there that you will see him.” Mt 28:7
This was an invitation for the followers of Jesus to find him in his risen presence in the daily, in Galilee. This is our invitation too. As frail believers we seek and find encouragement and consolation in those special resurrection moments that we might experience in our life. Yet it is in the daily that we are invited to find the incarnate God in Jesus Christ, the Risen one, present in our midst: our encounters, our challenge to hope and our call to be with the marginalised.
At this time of the Federal Budget we can apply our own bottom line to the figures presented, often with such spin as to be unintelligible. When Jesus proclaimed his mission, he gave us the measure by which we can gauge our life of ministry:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Lk. 4:18
As we examine the winners and losers at this time in our nation’s budget process, let us see who are the really marginalised in our society; those who lose in the distribution of the common wealth; who are locked out of any type of housing; who live with the effects of violence; who remain in prison whether in the Northern Territory or in Manus Island because as a nation we have become complacent about the human rights abuses they suffer and no one seems to be able to call our governments to account.
Perhaps Jesus is calling us to listen to where he is telling us to cast our net – it may be in a new place, with new imagination, in order to bring Good News to the poor.