Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Year A

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Year A

As we prepare for the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, the words of today's readings, "feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, remove injustice" remind us that this is the fast the Lord desires.

Our efforts this week and in Lent should challenge us towards sharing with the needy and to live up to our identity in Christ to the promises we made at baptism.

Opening Address to Thomas More Summer School

I am delighted to have this opportunity to talk to you for the first time as Archbishop of Melbourne and I do thank you very warmly for your invitation. It is a great encouragement for me to see so many young people here. This Summer School has a fine record in gathering together young Catholics with a will to learn more about their faith and the tradition, which we represent before the world's eyes.

Mass for the Inauguration of Catholic Social Services, Victoria

I rejoice at being united with Bishops Coffey, Connors and Grech and you, my brothers and sisters, from throughout Victoria, with your serving organisations of diocesan origin or coming from a religious charism, who are associated to make Catholic Social Services Victoria.

On your behalf Catholic Social Services will be better able to respond to governments in matters of policy and to serve you in the wide range of initiatives which you take. We respect the individuality and particular gifts that each of you has. All of us coming from the Catholic Church have the inspiration of the Lord, Jesus Christ, as our great Redeemer and Healer, whom we seek to see and serve in those for whom we work.

Annual Red Mass for the Legal Profession

With great joy I welcome distinguished judges, magistrates, administrators, practitioners of the law, barristers, solicitors, members of legal staff and their families to this annual Red Mass.

The exercise of law is always the sincere searching for justice, truth and the promotion of justice and equity for the welfare of our society. It is a service of the greatest importance and of grave responsibility.

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Readings today use the words, 'happy the poor in spirit'. We might better use the word 'blessed the poor in spirit' because it is for God's happiness that we are made and for union with him.

Today, we are challenged to realise that everything we have and are is a gift of God, who loves us without limit and invites us to trust that in using these gifts we will find the peace and blessedness which he offers. This must be our gift to the community and world in which we live.