“Who do you say I am?” (Homily, 21st Sunday in OT)

Sunday 23 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Jesus was on foreign soil when he travelled to Caesarea Philippi, and in more ways than one. Caesarea Philippi was located less than 100kms north of the Sea of Galilee, yet this was a different nation to that of Israel. So, while close to the homeland of Jesus, it was a foreign country for him and his friends. Even more foreign to Jesus was the purpose of Caeasrea Philippi. It was a sacred site, with a temple dedicated to the Greek god, Pan. So, in today’s gospel, we have Jesus travelling to a foreign country, with a foreign religion, to make the point of his own universal kingship. Pan was a god of the natural world, but Jesus is the one true God of all. “Who do you say I am?... You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It took a foreigner in a foreign land, among foreign beliefs, to show how all can come home.

Keeping isolation at bay for older carers

Thursday 20 August 2020

A new iPad and online training have been a lifeline for Billie and her husband Laurie, also 80, who has Lewy Body Dementia. Billie has been supported by VMCH’s Carer Support Program as Laurie’s full-time carer for four years. The program is jointly-run by VMCH and YourLink – an organisation focussed on the digital inclusion of Australian seniors. 'This program is the most wonderful thing,' Billie says. 'You feel a bit left out these days… I don’t understand a lot of the modern things that are going on and I think this is going to open up so many different avenues for us. It’s an incredible program and I’m so grateful, I can’t tell you.' Weekly training sessions with YourLink tech gurus have helped Billie to connect with family interstate via FaceTime and catch up with fellow carers supported by VMCH via Zoom.

People of compassion: A message from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Thursday 20 August, 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
'To have compassion is to suffer with, and to be able to reach out to those in need. I'm sure you have that sense of our circumstances that this moment'. In his latest message to the faithful, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli stands before the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and asks us to reflect on what it means to be people of compassion during times of suffering.