HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS AT
CANONISATION OF POPES JOHN XXIII & JOHN PAUL II
“At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which Saint John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus.
THE WOUNDS OF JESUS
He had already shown those wounds when he first appeared to the Apostles on the very evening of that day following the Sabbath, the day of the resurrection. But, as we have heard, Thomas was not there that evening, and when the others told him that they had seen the Lord, he replied that unless he himself saw and touched those wounds, he would not believe. A week later, Jesus appeared once more to the disciples gathered in the Upper Room. Thomas was also present; Jesus turned to him and told him to touch his wounds. Whereupon that man, so straightforward and accustomed to testing everything personally, knelt before Jesus with the words: “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28).
The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away: they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for us. They are essential for believing in God. Not for believing that God exists, but for believing that God is love, mercy and faithfulness. Saint Peter, quoting Isaiah, writes to Christians: “by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Pet 2:24, cf. Is 53:5).
NOT SCANDALIZED BY JESUS’ CROSS
Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus, to touch his torn hands and his pierced side. They were not ashamed of the flesh of Christ, they were not scandalized by him, by his cross; they did not despise the flesh of their brother (cf. Is 58:7), because they saw Jesus in every person who suffers and struggles. These were two men of courage, filled with the parrhesia of the Holy Spirit, and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God’s goodness and mercy.
UNDAUNTED BY 20th CENTURY CRISES
They were priests, and bishops and popes of the twentieth century. They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful – faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history; the mercy of God, shown by those five wounds, was more powerful; and more powerful too was the closeness of Mary our Mother.
LIVING HOPE & INDESCRIBABLE JOY
In these two men, who looked upon the wounds of Christ and bore witness to his mercy, there dwelt a living hope and an indescribable and glorious joy (1 Pet 1:3,8). The hope and the joy which the risen Christ bestows on his disciples, the hope and the joy which nothing and no one can take from them. The hope and joy of Easter, forged in the crucible of self-denial, self-emptying, utter identification with sinners, even to the point of disgust at the bitterness of that chalice. Such were the hope and the joy which these two holy popes had received as a gift from the risen Lord and which they in turn bestowed in abundance upon the People of God, meriting our eternal gratitude.
This hope and this joy were palpable in the earliest community of believers, in Jerusalem, as we have heard in the Acts of the Apostles (cf. 2:42-47). It was a community which lived the heart of the Gospel, love and mercy, in simplicity and fraternity.
This is also the image of the Church which the Second Vatican Council set before us. John XXIII and John Paul II cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the Church in keeping with her pristine features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries. Let us not forget that it is the saints who give direction and growth to the Church.
ST JOHN XXIII – POPE OF OPENNESS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
In convening the Council, Saint John XXIII showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led and he was for the Church a pastor, a servant-leader, guided by the Holy Spirit. This was his great service to the Church; for this reason I like to think of him as the the pope of openness to the Holy Spirit.
ST JOHN PAUL II – POPE OF THE FAMILY
In his own service to the People of God, Saint John Paul II was the pope of the family. He himself once said that he wanted to be remembered as the pope of the family. I am particularly happy to point this out as we are in the process of journeying with families towards the Synod on the family. It is surely a journey which, from his place in heaven, he guides and sustains.
MAY THEY PRAY FOR US ALL
May these two new saints and shepherds of God’s people intercede for the Church, so that during this two-year journey toward the Synod she may be open to the Holy Spirit in pastoral service to the family. May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.”
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY is Vocations Day
As we contemplate the lives of saints John XXIII & John Paul II, we pray to them for young people everywhere to know their calling in life – and for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May the example of these two outstanding men inspire others to accept the invitation of the Good Shepherd: ‘Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’
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PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
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Masses for 4th Week of Easter Time
6.30pm Mass (Korean Ferry Disaster & Fms)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Lorna Poidevin; Mary Moriarty)
Tuesday 13th Our Lady of Fatima
9.30am Mass (WUCWO intentions; Kath Harders)
Wednesday 14th St Matthias, Apostle
9.00am Mass (Peter Robinson; Max McCormick.)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
12noon Mass (Phyllis Lowden; Marie Buggy)
10.00am Anointing Mass in Hall (All the sick).
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
8.45am R& M: (Pat Thompson; Dixie Leslie)
6.30pm Vigil (Marie Kaitler; Owen Conroy)
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
Roster 17th – 18th May 2014
6.30pm O’Halloran family
6.30pm S Knight J Lowden
9.00am P Ridge B Ridge
6.30pm T Drum J Lowden
9.00am K Flower K King
Altar: M Doyle
6.30pm D & E Clohessy
9.00am T Moroney
6.30pm Luke Heagney Henry Langford
9.00am Olivia & Simone Aitkin; Lachie McKenzie
6.30pm Des Doyle
9.00am Brian O’Shea
Counters: Arthur & Mary Campbell
Recently Deceased: John Skehan, John Hanrahan, Nicole Collins
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A. MEETINGS/IMPORTANT DATES:
*13th May – Our Lady of Fatima
World Union Cath. Women’s Organisations – WUCWO MASS & MORNING TEA
9.30 Mass followed by Morning Tea in the Presbytery Meeting Room.
Ladies of the parish – Bring a friend. All Welcome!
*15th May Thursday 1.45pm CWL – Hall.
*17 May- Sat. 9.30-3pm at Wagga – Diocesan Men’s Conference
*23rd May 6.30pm Parish Dinner with Bishop Hanna.
Ladies: Volunteers for meal wanted; please sign form at back of church, to say you’ll cook rabbit or chook!
*Sun 25 May 10.30am Confirmation Mass
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B. EVENT DETAILS:
Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference
– All Catholic men & men of good will are invited to attend for ‘an incredible time to build up your faith’. See Posters and Leaflets.
– Conference Speaker: Raymond de Souza, renowned international speaker on Catholic Social Teaching and Apologetics (defending the Faith). – 25 years and 2,000 talks.
– Transport from Corowa: If numbers justify, a bus or minivan will be hired ($20 per head); otherwise the day is free.
Departure: 7.30am; Return: 5.30pm
– Contact: To book ph. Fr Hart 6033 1927.
For further details, or to book online:
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C. VOLUNTEERS WANTED:
Wrap with Love – ‘Blankets for cold humanity’
More Sewers needed to join the hundreds of knitted squares into blankets.
Second Monday of each month 9.30am-12pm
At St Mary’s Parish Hall – Enjoy cuppa & chat
**Contact: Carmel Moroney – 6033 5381.
NEXT SEWING DATE: Monday 12th May, 9.30am in Hall.