The cry for recognition (Homily, 14th Sunday OT) The cry for recognition (Homily, 14th Sunday OT)

The cry for recognition (Homily, 14th Sunday OT)

Sunday 5 July 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Our First Peoples of this Great Southland of the Holy Spirit have not marked their ancient presence in this land by establishing monuments or institutions. Their presence has indeed been a humble one, evident not in static structures but in the dynamics of family bonds, shared rituals and a common identity. These are the same markers which ought to show forth in a Christian people. Therefore, the cry for recognition from our Indigenous people should not be unfamiliar to God’s pilgrim people. We all desire to learn the way of simplicity and...

Together in the Spirit: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Communications Office
This coming Sunday 5 July, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday will be celebrated with a theme chosen to respond to the current challenges we face as a community – Together in the Spirit. Australian Catholics and parishes are invited to come ‘Together in the Spirit’, united by our faith, to celebrate the gifts of Indigenous spirituality and culture in our Church and wider community. 


Getting started: Intentionally living the ‘Great Commission’ in our parishes today

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Mission Team

Before he ascended, Jesus gave us his vision for the church: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you’ (Matthew 28:19–20). This ‘Great Commission’ was given to a group of people who had no influence in the business, religious or political circles of the time, and who were feeling demoralised and uncertain about their future. It was an inauspicious beginning. 


Plunging into the life of Jesus (Homily, 13th Sunday OT)

Sunday 28 June 2020

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.