In this Year of the Rosary there is much to ponder in the five ‘new’ Mysteries the Pope has proposed-the Mysteries of Light. The familiar Joyful Mysteries take us through the birth and infancy of Christ, while the Sorrowful Mysteries recount his suffering and death. At this time of year, poised between Christmas and Easter, we can now turn to the Mysteries of Light, which focus on Christ’s adult life and public ministry.
It is time to take a fresh look at the broad mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. In the past year we have been following the Contemplate – Launch Out programme based on ideas taught by Pope John Paul II in Novo Millennio Ineunte. As this programme has advanced, many important themes have surfaced.
As citizens of Australia and many parts of the world, we are united in this Mass with members of the Australia Day Council as we honour the foundation of our nation one hundred and two years ago.
In particular, we remember the responsibility we have to the tradition of equality, fairness and truth. We seek to build upon the past, the tolerance experienced in our migration programs and the wonderful resources of people and nature in our country, which enable us to look to the future with confidence.
Today we remember the conversion of St. Paul and the mission which Jesus gave to him.
In every Mass there is made present to us the perfect sacrifice offered by Jesus on the Cross, for the forgiveness of our sins. It is particularly appropriate that in this Mass of Reparation for Abortion, we allow the power and love of Christ to enter into all involved in abortion and change their hearts. We too beg a change of heart to unite our lives with God, the giver of all gifts, the most precious of which is the gift of life - holy, blessed, destined for eternity.