My friend Paul has this to say about conflict and fruit, in the end pears get eaten – not that but the quote below.
How often does an argument drag on – the original purpose of that communication being swept aside in recrimination. And if you know the other person/people well, then the potential for previous conflict to be added to the mix is endless. It all becomes more painful than you want, it leaves a confusion as to why it happened at all, and it leaves a trepidation for the future.PaulF Just me being curious
Last 26th May was National Sorry Day- the beginning of Reconciliation week – read about it here – reference Sunday, May 26, 2019, 00:01 by Mgr Joseph Galea-Curmi
On that Sunday there were many indigenous peoples at church both Torres Strait Islanders and Aborigines. This past Sunday, part of Reconciliation week, was both Holy Communion and BBQ Sunday – yet only 1 or 2 of our first Nation attended.
The altar was clothed with cloths making up the Aboriginal flag and Rowen our Mum Pastor’s son assisted with Holy Communion – again. Millie and her mum lit the Christ candle and it seemed a joyful event. I had never seen so many babies and preschoolers receive Holy Communion – and all without any understanding of leaving their gifts at the altar,or being reconciled with their neighbour. That we might be such children!! Oblivious of the sins we have inherited from our ancestors.
My quote from Paul’s web sort of fits in with what I am trying to say: ‘How often does an argument drag on – the original purpose of that communication being swept aside in recrimination.‘ The arguments and issues between emigrant Australians – all of us, and our first Nations – practically obliterated by us, is something we have inherited from the perpetrators which appears to progress beyond the third and fourth generation in the Land. The possibility of future conflict must not be ruled out, not of violence but of the absolute meaningless event which resides in our National Consciousness as an archetypal Event. Inherited guilt! Feuding when you don’t know why .
A Categorical wrong for which there is no forgiveness? The end of an endless piece of string? The endless potential for further conflict. All our sorry’s will never be enough until someone says ” I forgive you’
It all becomes more painful than you want, it leaves a confusion as to why it happened at all, and it leaves a trepidation for the future.Paulf
Pear shaped, more like a bowl of rotten fruit. father forgive us all for we know not what we have done When will it be done?