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The impact of the East Gippsland bushfires The impact of the East Gippsland bushfires

The impact of the East Gippsland bushfires

Wednesday 11 March 2020

The cooler weather has brought some reprieve for the East Gippsland community, but recovery from the recent bushfires will continue for many years to come. Fr Michael Willemsen, who serves in 11 churches as a Parish Priest in the East Gippsland region, has witnessed the devastating impact of the bushfires on those within his community. 

Second Sunday of Lent: Stand up; do not be afraid

Sunday 8 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 2nd Sunday in Lent (Year A)
The account of our Lord’s transfiguration occurred in the 17th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, well into Jesus’ public ministry and close to his turn towards Jerusalem and his Passion and death. The disciples – Peter, James and John – had by then been with him for several years. They had witnessed some extraordinary signs and wonders in that time: miraculous healings; acts that defied the laws of nature; teachings of deep hope; moments of revelatory grace. Jesus had invited these disciples into the heart of his own life and mission, and they had walked with him as friends. As remarkable as the Transfiguration of Jesus must have been, we should not think of it as something so fantastical and unbelievable that the disciples would have been anything other than deeply shocked and disturbed by the sight.