I am delighted to be with Father Mark and you all on an informal visit to encourage the good and faith-filled people of Mitcham in our Lenten journey.
Tonight we are confronted with what God asks of us and yet invited to remember that he is a person who loves us, showing us the path to happiness and asking us to take on the cross of challenge.
As Archbishop of the Church of Melbourne, in communion with Pope John Paul II and acting in the name of the Church, I welcome you to this Rite of Election.
This closes the lengthy period of formation of the minds and hearts of catechumens and of those preparing for Baptism. It is the beginning of a more intense preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation. It involves the Godparents publicly for the first time and is the focal point of the Church’s concern for its catechumens as we move towards Easter.
Today the Church reminds us of the seemingly impossible invitation, which God gave to Abraham, to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Yet, God showed that he had another greater design when Abraham responded freely and in faith and because of his faith was given great gifts.
We are invited in this season of Lent to walk always in the presence of the Lord, to listen to him the Beloved, that we too may become beloved sons and daughters and an inspiration to the people who walk with us.
I am delighted to return to St Aloysius to formally induct Father Gerard Diamond as your Parish Priest.
Today, on the second Sunday of Lent, we join Peter, James and John on the mountain of the Transfiguration where the reality of Jesus, who is Lord of all, is shown by the Father’s voice, “This is my beloved Son. Hear him.” (Matthew 17:15) “Enlightened by the Lord we will walk in his presence in the land of the living.” (Psalm 114, verse 9)