The Cathedral Connection 22 April 2018

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So lately sprung from glory,
A shepherd seeks his sheep,
Across a desert country,
Through lonely rocks and steep.

This verse from an ancient hymn sounds a cry of victory. The lost need fear no more. Our Easter Sundays are rich with positive messages assuring us that, through the resurrection of Jesus, life has nothing to be afraid of. Despite persecution, rejection, disbelief, and yes, even our own betrayals, God will not give up on us. In the resurrection life has come to stay.

The Good Shepherd theme in today’s Mass puts the focus on the companionship of Jesus and our own vocation to follow his call to seek, to serve and to save. In company with Jesus and one another, nothing can stop us proclaiming the gospel news that happiness comes with being a peace with yourself. And this inner peace comes with the realisation that I am in tune with the needs around me and playing my part to meet them. It is in giving that we receive.

Last week, Debbie, our Lay Pastoral Leader, invited all to the Gift-Discernment afternoon on 5 May from 3 to 5 pm. This gathering is one of the responses to what our Archdiocesan Synod identified as an issue crucial to the health of our Church: the necessity to leave the comfort of our routine and move out, pooling our individual gifts to reach those who have misplaced their faith or fallen behind and lost touch with the caravan. Coming together we will understand the need. Only together will we meet the need. Our time for shepherding has come.

Fr James

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