Comfort my People.

(Last Updated On: December 8, 2023)

Our Sunday Eucharist

I do hope you can join us this Sunday. I’ll have Rob Gilland and Father Mark with me on the panel. Sadly, Joel isn’t able to give us a pre-recorded homily this time. If any of you guys want to send me your thoughts on 2 Peter 3:8-15 via a video recording, that would be great. Either way, do join us at www.thesundayeucharist.com this Sunday from midday. You can, of course, also join us through Facebook , YouTubeTwitterLinkedInor Streamyard.

I look forward to sharing this Eucharist with you. 😊

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What’s On?

What I haven’t listed above are any upcoming protests in support of the people of Gaza. There is one in Sydney (see here) that unfortunately clashes with our Sunday Eucharist. I assume that protests are continuing around the world, but my fear is that we are running out of energy. This invariably happens when a crisis drags on for any length of time. We can only maintain the rage for so long before emotions cool, and other aspects of life intervene. We begin to accept the status quo as the new normal, even when that normal is genocide!

We must ‘stay alert’, as our Gospel readings keep reminding us, and resist the slide into apathy. I was helped, in that regard, by this description of the situation in Gaza, given me this week by my friend, Paul Larudee:

“Today, most of the Gaza Strip is a wasteland, thanks to carpet bombing. According to the Israeli plan, most of the 2.3 million population has been driven to the small, southernmost city of Rafah, where they compete for any space of land on which to lay their heads on the increasingly cold nights. Israel will soon face them with the choice of dying on that land or being driven into other countries. Not so much by mere bombing of hospitals and population centers as by lack, of food, water, medicine, medical treatment and everything needed to sustain life.”

Paul also outlined a way forward:

“What is needed is military intervention, an international embargo on Israeli ports and airports and the closing of its borders, a complete blockade of all travel and transfer of goods and people to and from Israel, including diplomatic missions.”

And so, we pray …

As for my small contribution, I’m still trying to finalise the details of the webinar with Miko Peled and Dr Stephen Sizer. It was all locked in for this coming Monday evening but then there was some uncertainty about Miko’s schedule at the conference he’s attending in Adelaide so we’re in a holding pattern until that’s finalised. I’ll update this page as soon as I have details, and I’m still hoping to have that webinar take place this week.

The webinar that I have locked in is the one for the following week, featuring Julian Assange’s dad, John, and a key member of Julian’s legal team – Adriana Navaro. The focus, of course, will be on the future of Julian and the future of free speech. Put it in your calendar now for 6 pm, Sydney time, on the 18th. Details will follow.

Two more quick things in closing:

  •  Firstly, it seems that our solar batteries at Binacrombi have given up the ghost! If anyone knows a good solar technician or a good source for solar batteries, please let me know.
  •  Lastly, I’ve locked in my fight on the Gold Coast on December 23rd. My prayer is that I will put in a spectacular performance that will lead to bigger and better things for all of us. Please pray for that with me. God’s will be done.

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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