It is Pentecost Sunday, as I sit to write this week’s message. I am mindful that during the past week we have celebrated National Reconciliation Week and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Today, Sunday 5 June, is World Environment Day.
The phone rang as we came in from Mass and Spencer, our five-year-old grandson, said "hello" followed by the question: "If God created the world in seven days, how did the dinosaurs disappear so quickly before God created humans?" How is that for a deep question, evidently, one that he had been pondering all day.
I spent today reading some diocesan responses to the Bishop’s Synod on Synodality. Like our grandson, there are many people seeking answers to profound questions as to how the Spirit is calling us to be Church at this present time.
“For more than four years, we have sensed the power of prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the work of the [Plenary] Council. As we move towards the development, consideration and approval of key proposals to renew the Church in Australia, the need for prayer has never been greater."