By Helen Jones, Pastoral Associate Liverpool South Pastoral Area
I am making all things newRev 21:5
The title of this year’s Justice and Peace Annual Assembly (28 June – 4 July 2020) was very much on my mind as I drove into Liverpool for the first time since lock down some three months ago.
As turned from the main Waterfront thoroughfare to drive up Parliament Street I saw the banners denoting super-hero logs spelling out NHS on the lampposts. I turned into St James’ Place to see the Titanic on the corner had been painted in fresh rainbow colours, a bus had the message “stay safe, stay at home” on its destination sign and along the way to Our Lady of Mount Carmel there were plenty of rainbows. I was filled with a sense of immense pride and gratitude for the way that people had come together not just at grass roots level, but at municipal level to show what really mattered.
On my return Black Life Matters banners had been left adorning railings on Princes Avenue opposite Princes Park, and as I drove past the former church of St Bernard’s on Kingsley Road, the bicycle routes had been demarcated with red bollards to keep the traffic away – suddenly transport has become sustainable and care given to those using the roads who are more vulnerable.
The care of the Human Person seemed to be centre stage everywhere I looked. So perhaps this is what “making all things new” looks like on the street.
The Liverpool J&P Annual Assembly will be looking at eco-justice, eco-health and CAFOD’s response on a global scale. Although this form of “making all things new” may seen remote and unattainable, the grassroots networks all playing their part will make a difference.
Changes in our behaviour will cause governments to listen. Voices raised in protest will cause statues to topple. And the sanctity of our NHS has never been more at the heart of our society. Making all things new may enable us to move to a more equal, more nurturing and more tender society with love at its core.