Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Monday 25 December 2017 at 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With the full realisation of Christmas Day we see the saving power of God in human lives and in the world of today. He was the Word, who communicates God to us here and now.

In the Scriptures, in the utterances of Fathers of the Church, teachers and preachers, we are reminded of the ways in which God has spoken to us. Now we have a powerful reminder that God speaks to us in a person of Jesus Christ.

The great Word of God offering us life; a light that shines in darkness and could not be overpowered, and Jesus offers us his light for our life, to sustain us, a truth to guide us and an invitation. Do we accept Jesus, his love, his truth as light of our world, home and light of our families? Do we accept him and thereby become children of God?

Jesus was born of God, made flesh and lived among us and that enables us to see in the beauty of the crib the living presence of God, whom we adore in prayer and to whom we respond in love and hope.

This is a holy day. Amid our Christmas celebrations, let us remember that God invites us to a new way of life, a new hope and the reassuring and gifted indication of his presence ever offered to us, his hope ever transforming, his love ever renewing.

May Jesus born in human flesh, the only Son of God, live in our hearts and deeds and actions this day.

+ Denis J. Hart,
Archbishop of Melbourne.

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