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Mass at St Vincent’s Hospital for the opening of the clinical year - Thursday 19 February 2015

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT BRENAN HALL, SAINT VINCENT’S HOSPITAL, ON THURSDAY, 19TH FEBRUARY 2015 AT 12 NOON, FOR THE OPENING OF THE CLINICAL YEAR AT THE HOSPITAL.
 
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
The Gospel challenges us to a wider love, to leave our self aside and to take up the love of Jesus for people.  However, Saint John reminded us in his first letter, ‘we love because God has loved us first’, and we know that each one of us has a place in God’s heart.  When we are healthy sometimes our heart can grow cold.  Pope Francis has challenged this selfishness so evident in the world. 

Saint Paul reminded the Corinthians, ‘if one member suffers all suffer together’. (1 Cor. 12-26)  Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us, so that we in turn might become more like him.  We use our gifts and skills to allow ourselves to be touched by God’s love and to reach out even to those whom we could not reach on our own.  We immediately see others as our brothers and sisters.

This year the Pope challenges every Christian community to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society.  We in the Church follow Jesus along the paths that lead to every man and woman, finding people as they are.  So often the work of healing and comfort goes beyond the words and deeds that we experience.

Today it is my privilege to congratulate and encourage you in the work that you do in carrying forward the vision that Jesus has for each of the people with whom we deal.  Within each of them is the image of God.  Every one of us can show small, concrete efforts to form our own heart to be strong, steadfast and merciful, realising our own weakness and yet giving ourselves freely and generously for others.  This is the dedication which belongs to your noble profession and which is in the strong traditions of this hospital.

Let us pray for each other in the words of Pope Francis that ‘we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalisation of indifference’.  (Pope Francis, Lenten Message 2015)

+ Denis J. Hart,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.

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