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Reflection – Fifth Sunday of Easter Apr 26, 2024

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Isaac Falzon2

Dear Parishioners,

As ‘Mullets for Mental Health Month’ draws to a close this Tuesday, I want to sincerely thank you all for supporting the Black Dog Institute and their endeavour to improve the lives of those suffering from mental illnesses.

The Australian icon that is the mullet may have more theological significance and importance than you may think. First, let’s clarify what a mullet is. A mullet hairstyle is characterised by its unique combination of lengths: shorter hair on the sides and front, with longer hair at the back. Therefore, despite its length, my mullet does qualify as a mullet. This distinctive haircut has earned various labels over the years, from “business in the front, party in the back” to more playful descriptions like “the Kentucky Waterfall.” While the mullet’s popularity has recently surged to new heights since its emergence in the 1970s, its enduring legacy lies not just in its aesthetic appeal but also in the symbolism it carries.

Imagine this: God, up there, looking down at the pinnacle of His creation, thinking, “What on Earth is this hairstyle they have come up with now?” If Jesus were alive today on the Sunshine Coast, I reckon he would have visited ‘Stallion Barbers’ on First Avenue to get a mullet as well. Now, the mullet is like the Swiss Army Knife of hairstyles. It’s got the serious “business” look up front, like, “I mean business, folks,” and then it’s all “party” in the back, like, “Let’s boogie!” It’s like the Old Testament meets the New Testament in a hairdo. Up front, you’ve got that stern, no-nonsense vibe, like Moses laying down the law. But in the back, it’s all Jesus turning water into wine and having a blast at the wedding.

And you know what else? The mullet’s got that whole Trinity thing going on. Three parts, one whole. Just like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the mullet’s got the short, the long, and the wild, all in one package. But wait, there’s more! The mullet’s like a cultural ambassador, spreading its message of “party in the back” across the globe. From the suburbs to the sticks, it’s a universal symbol of fun-loving freedom.

And let’s talk humility. The mullet’s like, “Hey, I’m not here to impress anyone with fancy frills. I’m just here to have a good time, and if you’re not on board, well, that’s your loss.”

So, next time you see a mullet in the wild, take a moment to appreciate its simple yet profound message: life’s too short to take too seriously. Just embrace the mullet and remember: eat, pray, sleep, repeat. So, even if you think that my growing a “mullet” was a “hair brained scheme”,  I would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who supported me and so far we have raised $2112 for mullets for mental health month.

Take care,

Fr Isaac Falzon

 

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