Fr Noel's Homilies

Introduction:
(1) All four Gospels tell of the life of Christ differently. But in telling the story of the Passion, they are virtually identical.

(2) Passion story - first item in story-telling tradition of early Church before written narrative.

(3) Story of the Cross biggest problem for early Christians - "Jews want signs; Greeks wisdom; for Jews a hurdle, for Greeks foolishness" (1 Cor.1:22-23)

(4) Mark - heavy emphasis upon discipleship - privileged group; constant companions; authority to cast out demons and to preach.

(5) Not models - many failures; jealous; did not understand; wanted to call down fire and brimstone on those who did not agree.

(6) Passion story highlights these failures - 1 betrays; 3 go to sleep; 1 denies; and all flee; only one returned to be by the cross; a stranger attended to Christ's burial; and it was the loyal band of women who remained closest and were the eventual messengers to the Apostles that Christ had risen.

Conclusion: The Gospel of Mark reveals the disciples for what they were, and it contains a powerful message on the essence of discipleship. Hopefully, the liturgical services of this coming week may help us to evaluate our discipleship - betrayal, denial, asleep or on the run?

Vision Statement

We are:

* a welcoming community which reaches out to all
* celebrating Christ's presence
* joyfully living out our Christian calling across distance and diversity

This vision states that as a Diocese, we aim to be a welcoming, missionary, centred on Christ, and each striving to live one's particular vocation. It is in living out our calling that we praise God, follow Christ, influence society and achieve the goal of eternal life won for us by Christ. In the parishes we have encouraged people to measure whatever they do against this Diocesan vision.

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