Josh Dowton reflects that Justice is part of the work of God’s Kingdom, bringing new life and wholeness.
“There are many times when I’ve walked these lands across Australia and I feel invisible”
To act justly requires that we see things with fresh eyes – a new perspective. Brooke Prentis talks about her personal experience as an Aboriginal woman and the times that she has felt invisible to Australians. She compares this to the parable of the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches that to love our neighbour sometimes means seeing the people we would rather ignore. Her challenge this Lent is to see our first and oldest neighbours – along with all our neighbours across Australia – with fresh eyes and a fresh mind; and to take action in step with Jesus.
Reflect: The intent in Jesus' challenge is to love. As we honestly face our own biases and blind spots, Jesus lovingly invites us into abundant life. We are commanded to love in spite of any differences - this reflects the heart and nature of Jesus."
Act: Ask God to guide you in one thing you can do to better see, walk with or love a neighbour.
Brooke Prentis is an Aboriginal Christian Leader from the Wakka Wakka peoples. Brooke became the CEO in February 2020. Previously Brooke had been volunteering as the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and is the Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering. Brooke works ecumenically speaking on issues of Justice affecting Australia and sharing a message of Reconciliation as friendship. Brooke has co-written and written a number of theological papers over the last two years that have been presented in Australia and Internationally. Brooke is a founding board member of NAIITS Australia and is currently studying a Masters of Theology through NAIITS, in partnership with Whitley College and the University of Divinity, as well as being a scholar of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. Brooke is a much sought after speaker and writer who is a community pastor and advocate who has a vision "to build an Australia built on truth, justice, love and hope".
Next week: Grant and Graham Paulson discuss what it means to be “caught up in the spirit of forgiveness”.