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Good Friday Service - Friday 18 April

HOMILY GIVEN BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, ON GOOD FRIDAY, 18TH APRIL 2014 AT 3.00 P.M

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus our God has demonstrated limitless love in going to the cross for us and changing the course of our world.

In a challenging, powerful way, Jesus has demonstrated that God’s love is effective in human lives.  In his passion he was scourged that we might be healed.  He wore a crown of thorns that we might wear a crown of righteousness.  He was condemned to death for us to have new life.

We have to remember that like Judas we betray Jesus when we fall into sin.  There will be an opportunity for individual Reconciliation at the end of these ceremonies, to show us that we are invited to be one with Christ and to carry forward in our lives the renewal that he wants us to have.

Meditating on the Passion can be bitter when we think of our failures.  It can be comforting when we know that this is what Jesus came to do.

Robert Frost spoke these words in his poem, The Road Not Taken, the choice which a man makes.  He says:  “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference.”  Life has many different roads and the road of discipleship of Jesus is not well travelled today, but those who do follow it find salvation and eternal life.  They discover God’s unconditional love and are moved to love others as Jesus loves them.  The road makes all the difference in our lives simply because Jesus said ‘it is finished’.

+ Denis J. Hart,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.

 

 
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