Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
St Paul speaks, in our second reading today, of the plunge into death each who is baptised has made. It is a plunge, nonetheless, into a pool of life, life in Christ. In the mystery of baptism, someone else’s pool of loss – Jesus’ – becomes a hospitable location for us to discover our lives. He dies, we rise. An exchange of pools that transforms us. His hospitality on the cross becomes our family home along the way to our heavenly home. When Jesus instructed his apostles that to lose their life in his is to find their lives more deeply, we would do well to remember where loss and life have played out in our lives. The biblical way of doing this is in hospitality for the lives of others. Hospitality offered to a wandering holy person; hospitality given in a cup of water to the thirsty neighbour; hospitality received from plunging into the life of Jesus. Hospitality learnt from loss, that brings life.