Below is my regular column in the Parish Bulletin for this coming Sunday, written in light of the calling (finally!) of the 2019 Federal Election.
As you will now be fully aware, we’re OFFICIALLY in ‘Election Mode’!
It is unfortunate in some sense that the beginning of the election campaign coincides with our celebration of Holy Week, the Paschal Triduum, and the beginning of the Easter Season.
I say that because an election campaign is rightly something that any citizen—and every faithful Christian—should give their attention to in order to fulfil their responsibility that comes from their identity as citizens.
As faithful Christians we are called to be faithful citizens, and the reality of the Easter event we are about to celebrate is the standard by which we are called to exercise our responsibility as a faithful citizen.
That doesn’t mean, however, that we completely ignore the event of Easter that we are preparing for. We should rightly focus our attention on the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus, and consider the various aspects of the election campaign in the light of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus.
Evaluating the various promises and policies we are about to bombarded with in the light of the Easter event will be an interesting experience—and a necessary one!
I would strongly argue—as I have frequently done—a faithful Christian should also be, in one sense at least, a ‘swinging voter’, being prepared to assess and consider policies and promises in the light of the Gospel—in the light of the Easter event!—before casting their vote.
So we enter into a slightly different experience this Easter, and yet it is not entirely different at all. We will shortly stand in the light of the Resurrection, when our view of things is renewed in the light of the Resurrection. This is what we celebrate each and every year—regardless of whether we are facing a Federal election or not.