HOMILY GIVEN BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL,
MELBOURNE, ON GOOD FRIDAY, 18TH APRIL 2014 AT
Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus our God has demonstrated
limitless love in going to the cross for us and changing the course of our
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
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.