Mass for the Evangelium Seminar
MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, CARLTON, FOR THE EVANGELIUM SEMINAR ON SATURDAY, 22ND JUNE 2013 AT 4.00 P.M.
My dear young Friends,
Today let us think about who is Jesus Christ to me? We know that the world waited for hundreds of years for Jesus to come. He lived a short life of thirty-three years in Palestine in which he prepared and instructed his disciples before fulfilling the claim that he made to be God and by suffering, dying and rising won us a new capacity for life.
In our baptism, many years ago perhaps, we were transformed to be brothers and sisters in Christ, sons and daughters of God. Jesus is the word made flesh, the light of the world, our Lord and Redeemer, or as Saint Thomas put it: “My Lord and my God”.
Each time we come to Mass it is that same personal Lord and God that we as a community of believers listen to, worship and receive the strength for our journey.
The Catholic faith that we have is founded on the Word of God, the action and teaching of Jesus our Lord and Saviour, and the nourishment which he entrusted to his Church. When he told the twelve apostles: “Go and teach all nations; behold I am with you to the end of the world”, he did not only mean that twelve men were to do that. It applies to us all – women and men alike – that if Jesus is the Lord of our life, then each of us has a special mission to announce him by word and by example.
In times past we may have tended to leave this to priests and religious and teachers. This would be a lamentable misunderstanding of the faith that is given to us. The true reality of faith is that when we are baptised we are given a new life and a special mission from God to do him some special service; a call which he has given to each of us and to no other.
It is a call of someone who loves us, who wants us to share that love with others. This we do in Evangelium by sharpening our own knowledge of the faith through creed, sacraments, morals and prayer, using modern technology and developing a new confidence, nourished by prayer, that we can be witnesses to the resurrection in the market place.
I do congratulate you for your faith and your enquiries. Just as a human relationship is deepened through conversation, contact and learning, so through prayer, sacramental life and study we will be able to see Jesus present and to make him known in the world of today. I pray that today will give you a deeper knowledge of Jesus, who is light in our darkness, who came in human form so that we can understand what God is really like, and who leads us to understand how rich and beautiful is God’s love for each one of us.
Jesus, be Lord of our life. Jesus, show us light in our darkness. Jesus, help us to show to the world the reason for the hope that is in us.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.