Sunday March 14

Gospel of John 3:14-21

God sent his Son so that the world might be saved through him.

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that their works may be clearly seen as done in God.

“But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that their works may be clearly seen as done in God.”

These are the words that ring in my heart as I read this Gospel today. Healing comes when we listen to the deepest truth. Our world is crying out to hear the truth. We rely on our leaders to be courageous truth tellers. We cannot heal our earth without truth from our leaders about climate justice. We cannot heal from covid19 unless we are told the truth about our reality. We need to hear the stories of our asylum seekers in order to love and care for them.

These words of scripture also remind me of the invitation our Australian First Nations peoples have given to all Australians with the ‘Uluru Statement of the Heart’ –

“In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.”

All Australians have been given this most moving invitation of ‘truth telling’ and to listen to our deep history. Perhaps once we begin healing at this depth – our deepest wound – we will then learn to listen and heal in a myriad of ways.