During the past week, I attended an online Refugee Rally to demand freedom from detention, an activity conducted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). It was a powerful show of solidarity from across the nation with at least 900 log-in participants, meaning that more than 1000 people attended.
For me, the readings for Mass on the weekend (the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time) were about hospitality. In the reading from the Book of Kings (4:8-11, 14-16) we have a woman who recognises the prophet Elisha as a holy man, as she and her husband invite and welcome him to stay with them, as he travels past their home each year. In the Gospel from Matthew (10:37-42), Jesus is instructing on welcoming.
The June long weekend is upon us, winter is here, and the Easter Season has passed without the usual liturgical rituals for our celebrations of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, before returning to Ordinary Time. This certainly has not been an ordinary year with droughts, fires and a pandemic.