Christ, like a grain of wheat that dies in order to produce new life, dies for us.
Following, his example, we are called to realise that if we want eternal life we have to be prepared to give our lives to God. The Lord writes his law in our hearts and we submit humbly to his will, even in times of pain and suffering. There is no greater school in which to grow in holiness.
Jesus Christ is given to the world by God the Father so that those who believe in his name may be saved.
He brings us new life because previously we were dead through sin but now we are saved through grace.
We are God’s work of art, created in Jesus Christ.
Christ gave his life in love to his Father; in a way beyond human understanding, his death shows the wisdom of God.
Christ rose again from the dead; the message of eternal life is contained in Christ’s death and resurrection.
Christ did not come to explain away suffering; he came to fulfil it.
Like Abraham we are called to be prepared to sacriﬁce everything to God, and thus we ﬁnd fulﬁlment.
God will refuse us nothing now that Christ, risen from the dead, pleads our cause in heaven.
Like the leper, we cry out to Christ, who alone can cure us of all our troubles and weakness. He reaches out and touches us with his grace, telling us to be cured. We belong to Christ in the company of the saints, and are called to do everything for the glory of God. We are a people of joy because we know that Christ delivers us from our sins.
Jesus Christ gives meaning to our lives. Without him life can seem no better than hired drudgery, but with his Spirit in us, all our service of others is done for love. This is a service that brings perfect freedom. The world needs Christ, and it is our calling to bring him to everyone.
Click here to read Archbishop Peter’s 2017 Pastoral Letter, which will be read by Fr Luke at all Masses over the weekend of 2nd / 3rd December, the First Sunday of Advent.
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