MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS
HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL,
MELBOURNE, ON PENTECOST SUNDAY, 8TH JUNE 2014, AT
11.00 A.M.,WITH CONFIRMATION.
Brothers and Sisters,
Today, God through the Church offers
us the fruits of Easter, the Spirit of God who sets us aflame with his fire,
filling the universe and the earth. We
believe that when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles at the first Pentecost
he transformed the apostles into courageous and fearless witnesses.
In Baptism the Holy Spirit is present
and in Confirmation he comes to live fully in our soul as in a temple. As persons we become holy places. God comes in, never violating our freedom,
but remains there to make our words speak of Christ, our deeds proclaim him and
in our human weakness his strength and inspiration to be ours.
The first apostles preached the
marvels of God. You and I are invited to
show anew that God is wonderful. The
first apostles said that Jesus is Lord; we are challenged to make him the
central focus of our life. The first
apostles were sent out to be instruments of forgiveness; we are challenged to
see other people “as those who are part of us” in our work and witness for the
welfare of our world. If the fire of the
Spirit’s love is kindled in us, then with his help truly the world will be
changed and made new. What then will be
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.