Tag Archives: Debbie Matheson

The Cathedral Connection 9 June 2019

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“Peace be with you…
As the Father has sent me, so I send you…
Receive the Holy Spirit…
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven…”

The season of Easter concludes with today’s feast celebration. Pentecost commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit, the promised advocate, upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects.

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, today’s Gospel reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As he breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, Jesus sends his disciples to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.

The Holy Spirit empowers and enlightens us, both individually and as a community. Within communities the Spirit works to draw people from every nation together. Individually the Spirit gives us gifts that are to be used to build up the kingdom of God. We see in action every week at Mass gifts being used in the service of our worshipping community. We see it also in the work of various Christian organisations, St Vincent de Paul, Caritas, Foodbanks, Downtown Community Ministries, Home of Compassion.

This week as we go out, to carry on Jesus’ mission offering service to renewing the face of the earth, you may like to consider reflecting on these questions: which of your gifts do you feel the most comfortable with? Which gift discomforts or challenges you? Which gift do you feel you would like to develop more and use for God and the community?

Go, filled with the breath of God; forgive as Jesus forgave, in the knowledge and faith that He is with you always.

Debbie Matheson, Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 12 May 2019

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Our Shepherds

This Sunday is known liturgically as Good Shepherd Sunday, when prayers are offered for vocations to the Church’s ordained priesthood. This year we also celebrate Mother’s Day. Today Jesus, Pastoral Leaders and mothers are all people who shepherd us in various guises.

In last week’s gospel Jesus instructed Peter to ‘’feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep’’. We are Jesus’ sheep, who hear his voice and respond by following him.

Over the past week you have received letters from the shepherds in our community, the Finance Committee and Pastoral Council. They have written to you as a first step in seeking to begin the process of consultation, responding to Cardinal John’s directive.

United like a flock of sheep, shepherded by Jesus, led by Pope Francis, and Cardinal John, supported by the pastoral leadership team and our parish leadership teams, you have been asked to embrace the call to community.

As you reflect on our community letters and hear and respond to the Word of God on this Shepherding Sunday you may like to begin with these three questions:

  • How do I listen for the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd in my daily life?
  • How is He calling me to follow him at this moment in my life and specifically in this community?
  • How is He calling me to respond to Cardinal John’s directive?

Happy and blessed Mother’s Day to all those mothering and shepherding people in our community and in our lives.

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader.

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The Cathedral Connection 28 April 2019

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“Peace be with you…

As the father has sent me, so I send you”

“Today is the Octave of Easter – historically seen as completing the ‘’great day of resurrection’’.  We gather to hear the Word of God and to share the Eucharist.  We are celebrating and witnessing unity in the Risen Christ as a community.  We are given the Spirit to enable us to witness to the forgiveness of sin.

 We can all probably relate to feelings of being scared and confused, and wanting to hide away from reality, even for a while, just as we hear the apostles were doing in today’s Gospel.  But, when the Risen Christ came amongst them, He offered them peace and he breathed upon them and said “receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained”.  As He did to the apostles, Jesus offers us peace.  Our peace comes from believing, and it is in believing that we are blessed, for as Jesus said to Thomas, ‘’do not be unbelieving, but believe… Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed’’.

 Each week we are sent forth – sent to build the kingdom of God here and now.  Sent forth to engage our wills, our skills and our heart.  As we wait in hope, we are asked to love those around us by confronting the selfishness that creates suffering in the world.

Go forth in peace and belief, with a loving and forgiving heart.  Build community as you live and share the Good News of the Risen Lord on this, Divine Mercy Sunday.

 Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 24 February 2019

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‘Love one another as I have loved you’

Our words and actions show who we are. They reflect our beliefs. This week’s Gospel leads us into a personal spiritual reflection on how we share our love and our resources with others; helping us to critique our efforts at being faithful disciples.

Jesus teaches us that love of neighbour and forgiveness of one’s enemies is central to leading ethical lives. HIS commands are clear: Love must replace hatred, blessings should defeat curses, generosity ought to supplant selfishness, and forgiveness must overcome enmity. David in today’s first reading is an example par excellence of one man loving his enemy.

As you reflect on today’s readings you may wish to ponder the following question: ‘is there a contentious relationship in my life where I can follow David’s example and refuse to pick up the spear?’ For just like David and Jesus’ disciples, we too are called to extend mercy in the same manner that the Father does. The Lord is kind and merciful and will shower immeasurable blessings on those who are gracious to others.

‘May you treat each other in the same friendly way Christ has treated you.
May you clothe yourselves in sincere compassion,
kindness and patience.
May the Lord watch over you,
keep you in his care,
and bless you with his peace’.

Flor McCarthy SDB

Debbie Matheson – Lay Pastoral Leader
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The Cathedral Connection 16 December 2018

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The third Sunday of Advent is upon us.  Gaudete Sunday! Named from the first word of the Introit at Mass: Gaudete in Domino semper (Rejoice in the Lord always).  The readings today again speak of preparation; remind us that ‘The Lord is near’; and that joyfully we await His coming.

Experience tells us that whenever a special guest is expected to visit, we can get over excited, tense and often restless (parents can too, as they await the birth of their child). We can become anxious in preparing the best for our guest.  Our preparation can be exhausting and sometimes we can lose focus.

Today, on Gaudete Sunday, I encourage you to take a moment from your preparations and busyness in expectation of the Christmas feast.  Slow down, pause.  Give thanks for, and rejoice in, the beauty that surrounds us in nature; the people that surround you; the memories that you carry.  Rejoice knowing that you are ‘infinitely loved and infinitely lovable’.

Joy is a blend of laughter and tears.
It is looking for the happiness that comes in small packages, knowing that big packages are few and far between.
It is making the most of the present,
enjoying what is at hand right now.
Joy is love bubbling over into life.
Joy is the flag we fly when Christ, the Prince of Peace,
resides in our heart.
(author unknown)

As we continue our preparation, our aim is not only to do good but to do good with joy and love. With peace in our heart we are will be able, to walk humbly, justly and mercifully bearing witness to all we meet. Rejoice!

Debbie Matheson (Lay Pastoral Leader)

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