Tim Kirk: Looking back on 2019
So this is Christmas and what have you done?
Christmas is a time for reflection, so the Catholic Voice asked twelve prominent Catholics to share their thoughts on 2019
Highlight of 2019
The Light to the Nations Easter pilgrimage run by my community, Disciples of Jesus. We had over 1000 people, mostly young people and families with kids. We celebrated the full Easter Triduum in a huge tent, from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday.
A low point
A frost on the morning of October 9 did significant damage to the vines in the lower parts of the Clonakilla vineyard, reducing our expected crop significantly. Add that to the effects of severe drought and it has been a tough year on the farm.
A professional achievement
The Clonakilla 2018 Shiraz Viognier made it into the James Suckling Top 100 which is a great accolade. James Suckling is an influential international wine critic and he and his team tasted over 25,000 wines around the world. We came in at number 11, the highest placed of the five Australian wines on the list.
A personal achievement
Preaching on Easter Sunday morning at Light to the Nations. My theme was the risen Jesus breathing the Holy Spirit into the disciples when he appeared to them in the upper room (John 20.22). I love preaching.
Something I have learned
Not to be self-righteous and/or judgmental of others. I came to the very simple realization that the devil is trying to throw all of us off the path all the time. St Teresa of Avila insisted that humility was the beginning of everything as far as real spiritual growth is concerned.
A news event that affected me
The severity of fires in NSW and QLD was a sign of just how extreme the drought is. I really feel for farmers watching their paddocks turn to dust around them.
How I approach 2020
I want to go deeper into God and seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit about how I and my friends can be His instrument to renew the Church.
In the 12 days leading up to Christmas we will be sharing daily reflections looking back on 2019. You can find the other reflections here.