Main readings: Proverbs 8.1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5.1-5, John 16.12-15
Supplementary readings: Psalm 147; John 16.25-33; Proverbs 8.32-9.10; Psalm 33.1-9; Ephesians 3. 14-21
“To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.” (Proverbs 8.4)
In the Statement from the Heart, gifted to Australia in 2017 by the First Nations people, we hear the call of justice from the edges of our power-structures to a new journey. “In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard;” if we choose to listen, we can hear the cry to join them in the beginnings of a new story we can make together.
In our first reading today, Wisdom (traditionally identified with the Holy Spirit) is described as standing at the crossroads and city-limits crying out to everyone, telling of the great things God has done and is doing in the world. If we take the care to listen, we can hear this voice calling out to us to become a part of this work.
Throughout the scriptures the prophetic voice seems always to call out from the edges, in places where the wilderness meets our cities and towns. These are the places we often forget to look, and voices we dismiss as ‘too idealistic’ and ‘impractical’. But this is where the voices that our systems overlook tend to gather, where the damage of our convenience is poured out on the Earth.
We are created by God, our Father, redeemed into new life by Jesus Christ, and invited to stand beside the Holy Spirit as she cries out from the edges, calling for justice to all that live.Jump to next article