Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission
On behalf of the Most Reverend Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, together with the Catholic Community in Melbourne, I greet you for the feast of Rosh HaShanah. Shanah Tovah!
Rosh HaShanah is a solemn feast and looks toward Yom Kippur. It is focussed on one’s personal relationship with God. In fact, the sound of the Shofar is a call to reflection and repentance. In a sense our current experience of COVID-19 echoes this call and invites us all to communal reflection and co-operation.
Adam and Eve are said to have been created on this day, a theme which involves the whole of humanity. Be assured that we remember you as you reflect on this day, and we ask God to shower you with blessings just as the Almighty blessed Adam and Eve and all who were to come after them.
Both our communities share a commitment to the common good, to the healing of the earth and to the promotion of human culture. This is our hope; indeed, it is our God-given responsibility, especially as we face the loss and anxiety associated with COVID-19.
“He (the LORD) has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners.” – Isaiah 61:1, quoted in Luke 4:18.
May you have a sweet year. This is our wish for you even amidst the uncertainty. May we in Australia and in our world also have a “good year” as we face together the suffering that envelops us.
Very Reverend Denis Stanley,
Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations,
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne