They say that ‘the family that prays together, stays together’. In our Gospel today, Jesus returned to his home town and is immediately identified by His extended family and His presence in the synagogue for prayers (Mk 6:1-6). Spouses, families, every Christian, must have times of words and of quiet together, and times of words and of hush with God. If we seek to silence each other, or sulk and so silence ourselves, we kill the relationship; if we push God to the peripheries of our lives or society, or fail to keep up the conversation that is prayer, we can kill that relationship too. But if talking matters, so does listening. Before Mass, after Holy Communion, immediately after Mass, and at other times too in our lives, we must recover quiet moments of recollection and gratitude.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Principles of Truth
We are a community that expresses and experiences Truth. Truth opens the door of faith to God. We seek Truth and draw meaning from the Gospel, which is preached with joy and clarity.
Jesus said “For this I have been born and for this I have come into the world to testify to the truth.” (John 18:37) St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (4:15)
Our faith is grounded in the Truth of the Gospel, Scripture and tradition. Like St Augustine said, we are pilgrims with “faith seeking understanding”. Through this understanding we are able to find Truth, face it and follow it to nourish our own relationship with God.
As members of the Body of Christ we seek to bear witness to Christ’s Truth through good deeds, charity and sharing our faith with our family, friends, neighbours and the broader community. We are committed to being courageous, daring and positive in expressing and living the Truth of the Gospel.
Truth is the foundation of our communication with one another. Our community is committed to speaking the Truth to those around us. Whether it be through sharing news, telling stories, praying or discussing the Word of God, we display honesty and trust in our communications.
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
The freedom Jesus offers is a spiritual freedom from the bondage of sin—that is, release from the lifestyle of habitual lawlessness. He continues with an analogy: “Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever” (verse 35). The people would have understood Jesus to mean that they were not members of God’s family, despite their biological relationship to Abraham (verse 37), because they were slaves to sin. If they were to become disciples of Jesus, they would know the truth of their condition and the truth about Christ, and Jesus would set them free. Believers would be freed from their bondage and brought into the family of God.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP DD in a moment of prayer after the Mass of commemoration…
Children from St Joseph's Parish, Rosebery, faithfully brought alive the Christmas story at 5.00pm Mass…