AS Christians around Australia gather in churches to celebrate the feast of Pentecost on Sunday, June 11, a contingent of about 25 Church leaders and young people will combine for a service of reconciliation at Uluru with the area¹s Mutitjulu people.
Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, a transformation that filled the leaders of the early Church with renewed wisdom.
The pilgrims at Uluru will be hoping that in the Jubilee Year of ChristÕs birth, this feast of Pentecost will be a similarly auspicious day for reconciliation with the indigenous people of this country.
Since the Dreamtime, the Aborigines have regarded Uluru as a place of deep spiritual meaning.
They will share this special place, their stories and culture with the pilgrims as they stand together in the shadow of the Rock in the presence of their mutual Creator.
This is an opportunity for Church leaders to hear the cries of the Aboriginal people and advance the cause of reconciliation in reparation for the sins of the past.
May they be filled with the Holy Spirit in the same way as the early Church leaders were.
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