Each of us has a longing and a thirst for love. The woman at the well in today's Gospel, rejected by people, comes to Jesus with a deep longing to be encircled by his love.
At the end of this week the relics of Saint Thérèse of Jesus, whose love of Jesus has encircled the whole world, will be brought to our Cathedral.
Together we come into the presence of the Lord who has made us instruments and ministers of his own reconciliation of people with him.
Like Saint Peter we are conscious of our own unworthiness, and yet with firm faith we trust in the power of God to transform us. Through our renewed life and sacramental grace, we are the instruments of conversion and peace to so many of our people with the approach of Easter.
I am delighted to be with you and your friends today to congratulate your parish on what has been achieved in the last fifty years. Ten parish priests and over thirty other priests have regularly ministered here among a very diverse congregation.
Today in the Gospel when Jesus foretold his Passion he gave his apostles the picture of the Transfiguration. Passion and glory, suffering and destiny, struggling and hope are always linked in our Christian vision.
Today as Ordinary of this Archdiocese I rejoice in being with you for the blessing of this facility of nursing home and hostel accommodation for the Sisters of Saint Joseph. I have known at first hand the work of the Sisters in schools and the witness of older Sisters living in the convents. I wish to pay tribute to the work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and their dedication to the education of the poor and the absolute primacy of knowledge and love of Jesus Christ within the context of the Church which he founded here in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The Sisters have been constant witnesses to the presence of Jesus Christ and a remarkable indication of trust in Divine Providence, as they have worked close to the people of our parishes over so many years.