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The Cathedral Connection 27 May 2018

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Feast of the Holy Trinity

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity, a celebration of the mystery of God as a community of love. The community consists of three distinct persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who want to share their love with us. Their loving, relational, collaborative, sharing community witnesses equality, full participation and outreach in love to all creation (mission). The Father initiates, the Son implements, and the Spirit empowers.

Relationship is God’s nature.  We are made in the image and likeness of God, so the need and ability to relate is in our nature too. The abundant and generous love flowing from one to another in the Trinity and throughout creation is what we are called to imitate. Our love of, and for one another is how we meet God.

Today’s feast invites us to respond to the love of God, poured into our hearts by Christ and the Holy Spirit, and to look forward to the day when we shall share in the glory of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It is also an occasion to consider our personal relationships, how they might be strengthened or healed. The culmination of our Offertory Giving Programme today makes it timely to affirm our relationship to the Parish.

Love of neighbour and God is intentional in nature.  It doesn’t just happen. The gift
you make of yourself, whether to family, friend or parish community, is something only you can do. It is in giving that you find completion, fulfilment. Are you ready?

 

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 20 May 2018

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MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

While today’s celebration of Pentecost marks the birthday of the Church and the formal beginning of the missionary thrust of the community of believers, Pope Francis asks that we give attention to the one whose “Yes” brought Jesus into the world and made the Church possible: Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the Church.

Her role in being with the disciples as they awaited the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus at his Ascension, was exactly the role mothers have in family life. A mother draws the family together, helps to heal whatever is hurting family members or the family itself, is a reservoir of memories from which the family can learn, grow and feel proud of their heritage, is prepared to wait for the slowest or least able member to catch up, and is at the heart of any family celebration.

The inaugural feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, is tomorrow, 21 May, and will always be on the Monday following Pentecost. Mary gathered with the disciples, still hurting from their abandonment of Jesus and uncertain of their trust of one another. She is the reconciling mother, drawing the factions to make peace; she reminds them of their companionship with Jesus, his words and actions that put forgiveness and mercy at the centre of his mission; she waits and prays with them, holding them as the Spirit breathes the breath of life and the People of God, the Church, is born.

We are blessed to be within this circle of love. As we each renew our commitment to keep our local Church vibrant and relevant, through our Offertory Giving programme, may Mary our Mother encourage us to give our own “Yes” with the same confidence that she gave hers.

Fr James

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The Cathedral Connection 13 May 2018

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GIFTING TOGETHER

The gift of self is the high point of all giving, and it happens more often than we realise. Today we honour mothers, and no one doubts the selfless devotion of those who nurture, protect and guide their children. The marriage vows capture another moment of selfless gifting, as bride and groom commit the rest of their lives to each other. The many thousands turning out to commemorate honour Anzac Day show recognition of the courage and bravery that places freedom and country before all else.

But these large and significant examples do not negate the many daily occasions when the good of “me” becomes secondary to the good of someone else or even several others. Pope Francis has given us a great lead on this with his recent writing on holiness, pointing out that we can gift one another with peace and joy by simply exercising our sense of humour! “If we allow the Lord to draw us out of our shell and change our lives, then we can do as St Paul tells us: Rejoice in the Lord always; I say it again, rejoice! [Phil 4:4]

The Pope’s call for us to relax and let our faith work for us, gifting ourselves to others with little acts of kindness and generosity, creates an environment for both personal holiness and healthy community life. He writes, We can get so caught up in ourselves that we are unable to recognise God’s gifts. [see Gaudete et Exultate, N.122-128]

The Ascension brings full circle the gift of God in Jesus and opens a week for us to pray and work for Christian unity. Efforts towards this also require generosity and a willingness to step beyond ourselves for the good of Christianity as a whole. Such self-giving leaves the past behind and looks around in awareness to see what I can do to make the name of Jesus a unifying influence for our troubled and greatly divided world.

The uniqueness of each person is precisely the gift that needs to be given.

Fr James

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The Cathedral Connection 6 May 2018

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THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS

A new “Exhortation”, or letter, from Pope Francis is a simple, yet deeply enlightening appeal for everyone to recognise that the purpose of life is to become holy. Rejoice and be glad [Gaudete et Exultate] is the title and from its opening lines Pope Francis is clear that he wants us to appreciate that holiness is very attainable through ordinary daily living. He writes:

I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile…. Very often it is a holiness found in our next-door neighbours, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. [N.7]

Doing little things well, is holiness; keeping your room tidy, is holiness; being patient in a queue, is holiness; biting back a rude or insulting remark, is holiness’ forgiving an injury, even if you cannot fully forget it, is holiness. The possibilities are endless. Holiness, the Pope insists, is not reserved to saints, but is the call of God to each one of us. Realising this, can put us on a new and clearer path to peace both within and around us.

Today’s scripture readings bring us close to the climax of Jesus’ mission. We hear there is “no greater love” than to gift your life for your friend, with the Apostle John identifying God as “love” and assuring us that this God has first loved us – long before we could even think of loving God. All this must surely give rise to thanksgiving, and what better way of showing gratitude than to try and become like God – holy.

Fr James

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The Cathedral Connection 29 April 2018

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Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

When the Archdiocese adopted the Stewardship principle for pastoral ministry nine years ago, the above words from the song, The Summons, became symbolic of the direction we would aim to travel. Following Jesus means responding to his call; and we should expect his call to draw us to places and into situations we might find uncomfortable were he not with us. Rejoicing in his presence, we imitate his way of life: his kindness, his generosity, his patience, his forgiveness. Through us, the love and the name of Jesus become known.

But we only follow what we have come to know and love; following becomes our response, our thanksgiving for the love shown us. So, the first step in Stewardship is the conscious awareness of just how blessed I am; appreciating that everything I have is gifted to me, I will gladly choose to share what I have: my time, whatever skills I have, and the success I enjoy, [time, talent, treasure].

If you have been part of this parish over these years, you will have heard much about Stewardship and, hopefully, have been reflecting how the principle might further strengthen and direct your faith. Being able to positively respond to the summons will unite you more closely with the community and enable its outreach to let the love of Jesus be shown and his name known.

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name?
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

Fr James

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