As today we consider John the Baptist, who pointed to the coming of the Lord, we remember the challenge given to each one of us to point to the presence and activity of our Lord and Saviour in a world which does not recognise him.
This we do by holy life, self-giving and not being crushed by our own weakness, but enlightened by all that we are called to be.
Together with her parents, Mary and Felix, and her brothers, Adrian and Francis, we are one with the Melbourne Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy and the whole Church of Melbourne, in rejoicing at the religious profession of Sister Caroline here in this church.
Through her role as a doctor, Caroline has come to know that all healing must necessarily be of the whole person, as she desires to emphasise the dignity and destiny of each person whom she serves. Catherine McAuley describes a Sister of Mercy as one whom Christ has graciously permitted to assist him in the person of his suffering poor.
Two thousand years ago John the Baptist proclaimed, “The Saviour comes! Your salvation is nearer than when you first learned to believe. God is near to you in your lives.”
As we remember these urgent words and our invitation to start afresh from Christ, to enter more deeply in prayer and hope, and to be courageous in the way we show Christ to others, let us remember that today’s Mass is a new beginning, that God trusts us and challenges us to go forward.
I am delighted to be with Father Michael and yourselves as we celebrate this Mass in the season of Advent.
We want Jesus to come into our hearts. We want to learn of him and to follow him. The blessing of our new school library after Mass will help that learning.