Together with his mother, Marjorie, and his three brothers and sister, I welcome you to the Ordination of Mark Benedict Coleridge as a Bishop and successor of the Apostles in the Church, which Jesus Christ founded.
His call comes from Christ through the Church and his presence in our parish and communities is a reminder of our union with our brothers and sisters.
It gives each one of us great joy to be with Father John Daly, his priest friends and parishioners, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood, which took place at St Patrick's College, Carlow, Ireland, on 8th June, 1952.
For fifty years he has been a generous and faith-filled priest, patterned to the redemptive mystery of the Cross on which our Saviour died and by which he gave us life. Each day of his priestly life when Father John says, "This is my Body", he is once again given as Jesus was that people might have life.
Today's Gospel speaks of the relationship between Jesus and the people of our world. He describes them as tired, dejected, deserted by their shepherds. This month throughout the Archdiocese we are invited to consider who is Jesus for us and because of Jesus' love what we can do to bring others the love, peace and hope that we ourselves have received.
Today, as we celebrate the same sacrifice of the Cross, we come again to meet face to face with Jesus. As our Lord he draws us not merely to come to him as a curiosity, but to know, love and follow him. The prophet, Hosea, challenges us, "Let us set ourselves to know the Lord." And indeed it is in Jesus, who took our human nature, that we do know that God is real, active and close to us and to our life.