Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Malcolm Turnbull's reign - a crown of thorns.
The picture on the blog came from the weekend Australian newspaper last weekend. It intrigued me so much that I wanted blog about it. It is true that his reign could be marked by a crown of thorns so to speak if we take into the account the large number of independant senators entering parliament after the election and
if we take into account the unrest amongst some of the coalition's mp's. Then lo and be hold one senior member of parliament wanted Mr.Abbott to brought back into the cabinet.
I strongly believe that a Government , any Government here in this country should be working towards a fair, thriving and just Australia led by the values and hopes of everyday people. But alas , this is just not happening.
Politicians in this country put the fear of God in many innnocent suffering young and older people regarding health cuts and unfreezing the Medicare rebate. This will cause more deaths in emergency and make it almost impossible for those on lower incomes to afford to see a specialist and a doctor. You could very well be saying that this group in society is also wearing a crown of thorns, which is causing them
a lot of pain. We must not make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
In my job as a Priest you will understand that I come across a lot of suffering and pain , when I visit the hospitals or the odd nursing home , so many people approach me regarding their true burdens. I understand and do everything in
my power to comfort those, who need comforting.
Our blessed Lord Jesus Christ during His time on earth always had time for the poor , the sick and suffering, because He was total LOVE and a humble man.His good deeds were not appreciated and in the end he was severely punished by his enenmies and also wore a crown of thorns, although for a different reason, because He suffered for us and for the sins of the whole world.
During the celebration of Holy Communion I read the comfortable words from the Book of Common Prayer :"Matthew 11:28-29King James Version (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.During our time of suffering these words will comfort us , but let us pray at all times for just Government , who do not ignore the plight of the suffering.
Have you ever read the book " In His steps" by Charles Sheldon? I have got it in my cupboard and have read it many times.
The theme of the book is about ordinary Christians asking themselves in all kind of situations " what would Jesus do"
And when they live their lives this way , then it starts making a real difference.
Food for thought for Parliamentarians I think.
My prayer for this evening is that we may have a just Government here in Australia that does not project fear to those, who are sick and suffering , so that this crown of thorns may be lifted from many people who I am still to see
in the course of my Ministry.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne