Growing leadership for mission

27/03/2015

Faith in Our Future Blog News Story

From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang

The season of Lent calls the whole Church to conversion, to a deeper and dedicated relationship to Christ and our neighbour.

This weekend we will hear the Gospel of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus claims the right of kings as he arrives on a colt and fulfils the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 (‘Behold your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey’). The disciples enthrone the colt with garments while the people exclaim ‘The Kingdom of our father David is coming’. Here arrives the Messiah in the line of David.

As disciples we are called to go wherever the Master goes and to build up the Church and the world in the way of Jesus. This way, as demonstrated by Jesus in the Passion Sunday account, is not a reign of power and privilege, of accumulation and domination, but a kingship of service and gift, of humility and embrace. Jesus arrives not on a horse as a Roman soldier would do but on a colt, a young donkey or mule associated with the toil of the poor. He enters Jerusalem not with military might but with the witness he bears to the Father’s love.

This past weekend parish pastoral council members and parish leaders from across our Diocese came together for a day of formation and to discuss the ways in which we might make Jesus’ Kingdom vision a reality in our own communities of faith. This session was also offered a fortnight earlier at St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, as part of our diocesan commitment to decentralise some of our services in order to make them more accessible for those at the western end of the Diocese.

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