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Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Monday 25 December 2017 at 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With the full realisation of Christmas Day we see the saving power of God in human lives and in the world of today. He was the Word, who communicates God to us here and now.

In the Scriptures, in the utterances of Fathers of the Church, teachers and preachers, we are reminded of the ways in which God has spoken to us. Now we have a powerful reminder that God speaks to us in a person of Jesus Christ. 

Night Mass of Christmas, celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 24 December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God has come to share our nature in Jesus Christ. He, the Light of the World, opens up our darkness and uncertainty to the warmth of his love. 

This evening I invite you to share in offering this Mass for all the people of our city; that we may know that God is near, and led by his light may live humbly in justice and truth all the days of our lives. We remember the poor, as Jesus was poor in the crib. We remember the lonely, as the shepherds who came to watch for him. We bring the light of our faith to bring our lives to him.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 24 December, 2017

My dear brothers and sisters,

There are some very rich words in the Readings today, and the richest of all are the words of the angel to the Virgin Mary recorded in the Gospel. The angel Gabriel says to Mary: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow”. The first part about the Holy Spirit is clear enough for us, but the second has a depth of meaning that is not so easy to grasp: “the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow”. Someone who knew the Scriptures as well as Mary did, would have understood the meaning of this shadow straight away, for often in the history of Israel God’s presence was revealed in a bright cloud whose shadow covered the people: the pillar of cloud that led Israel to freedom through the desert; the cloud in which Moses spoke with God; and especially the bright cloud which symbolised God’s presence in his temple.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 10 December, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What do people see and learn about us when they look at your or me? Is there something about us that shines out? It may be that we are a musician, a sports person, a family person, a believer, a joyful person, a good communicator, and a good listener. Today we see John the Baptist, totally given also, “A voice cries in the wilderness. Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.”

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 3 December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we are challenged in a new way with the vision of what it means to be a Christian. You and I might reply, it means to be in love with Jesus Christ, to follow him and to reach out to others by the gifts we bring to their life and to our community.

The Scriptures today take the importance of following the Lord, being vigilant to the signs that exist in our world and then going forward with our eyes fixed on him. The refrain of the Psalm: “Lord, make us turn to you. Let us see your face and we shall be saved”, shows the hope that exists in our life and in all that we do.

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