|Where is Christ Crucified Today? - 02 April 2015|
How well do we see what is right in front of us? The recent internet phenomenon "What Colour is this Dress?" served to illustrate how difficult it is to trust our eyes. Our minds are good at helping us see things that we want to see and screen out things it judges we don't require. So can we see where Christ is being crucified in our world today? Term 1 concluded with an Easter liturgy that posed this question.
Along our magnificent boardwalk, there is a stunning depiction of the Stations of the Cross, recounting the journey of pain that Jesus underwent on that first Good Friday. How many of us actually notice them, let alone allow ourselves be affected by these images of Christ's crucifixion? So, as part of the liturgy we were asked to slowly and deliberately allow those images to move us as we walked in procession from the Stella Centre to the Good Samaritan Centre.
When we entered the GSC, we were met by artists who created a stunning and confronting piece of art before our eyes. Again, it took some time to recognise it as the crucifixion, as the painters started from the base of the cross and worked their way up.
We were asked to consider the issues in the world today where we fail to recognise the presence of the crucified Christ. Do we see Christ in the faces of refugees and asylum seekers whom we turn away from our shores and condemn to a painful half-life? How about in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters whose life expectancy is 17 years less than non-indigenous Australians? Do we see Christ when innocent civilians are killed in war? Do we recognise our complicity in Christ's crucifixion when our consumer choices support child slavery?
As the words "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" filled the Good Samaritan Centre, we asked God to open our eyes to see Christ's crucifixion and pledged to work for His resurrection by committing to social justice. Easter reminds us that light overcomes darkness and fills us with hope for the future. Although we don't see that future clearly, we have been shown the way, the truth and the life.
Deputy Principal –Mission