We come into God's presence and he challenges us today. Are we ready to be heroes?
In a world dominated by practical materialism, the idols of power, sex and money, there is need for heroism to be a Christian. You and I can ask each other, how important is it to me to follow Christ? How important is the grace, which God gives me to draw me along his journey?
Saint Paul says, "Life to me of course is Christ." (Philippians 1:21) When we say 'I believe' we respond with our whole being to all that God has given us, knowing that He sustains us at every moment. The Lord challenges us today to recognise Him at work in our everyday lives.
I welcome you for the third time in Melbourne to this Thirteenth National Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Conference.
Jesus' words, "Here am I among you as one who serves" (Luke 22:27) challenge us to be totally at the disposal of the communities with whom we are to relate and therefore to serve.
Today the Church gives us the challenge coming from Jesus’ words in the Gospel, asking us to examine whether we put our trust in things (riches) or in God, realising that everything we have is his gift and we have nothing that does not come from Him.
Every day of our life is a gift from God. How we use it is in fact our response to Him.