Saints among God's saints: Message from Archbishop Comensoli Saints among God's saints: Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Saints among God's saints: Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Wednesday 14 October 2020

In this latest message to the Melbourne Catholic community, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli offers some reflections on Pope Francis' prayer intention for the month of October (for women to have greater leadership roles within the Church); progress on the opening up of our churches during stage 3 of Victoria's COVID road map, and the gift of Australia's first saint—St Mary of the Cross MacKillop—who was canonised ten years ago. "[St Mary] was able to speak so strongly into our own Australian society and culture with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with the love of Jesus...

In the world, but not of the world (Homily, 29OT)

Sunday 18 October 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli  | For the past couple of weeks, Jesus has spoken to the pharisees and elders of the people, telling them that, by their actions, others would take their place in God’s Kingdom. First, Jesus spoke of their rejection from the Vineyard of the Lord, and then there was their banishment from the wedding feast. Well today, we hear of their attempt at pay-back. The Pharisees are so furious at Jesus that they enter into an unholy alliance with their enemies, the Herodians, so as to bring him down. And to do so, they used trickery and corruption. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, said Jesus to them; and render unto God what is God’s. For the Pharisees had sold their souls for money and expediency. But what of us? Where do our loyalties lie; what are the priorities by which we might be measured?

Will we say yes? (Homily, 28th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 11 October 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | You might recall last week that Jesus told a parable about a vineyard, which was an image for him of the Kingdom of God. Well, in today’s parable Jesus throws up another Kingdom image, this time that of a wedding feast. I’m sure you are all quite familiar with this image, yet it is not the ‘go to’ image we tend to think of when thinking of the Kingdom of Heaven. I suspect we will more readily go to images about resting and peacefulness. However, the challenge of this image – which, strikingly, does not come from Jesus – is that it can portray God’s heavenly kingdom in very passive and inert terms. This is not how Jesus conveys the Kingdom of Heaven. His words, like in today’s parable, invariably portray images of activity and engagement; of celebration and social interaction; of worship and praise. The Kingdom of Heaven is a busy place of active leisure, intentional creativity and unbounded joy.