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What amazing things are you doing for Jesus?- Bishop Steve

posted Jun 20, 2015, 8:04 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family   [ updated Jun 20, 2015, 8:04 PM ]
I tell you most solemnly, Jesus told his disciples, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, they will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12). By Baptism, you and I, have become those disciples. Baptism gives us a share in the life of Christ and asks that we share in Jesus’ mission. In this way Baptism unfolds throughout our life as our faith, our belief in Jesus, deepens and as we live out this faith in what we say and do.

We see the great example of this in the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the woman of faith who believed the promise made to her by the Lord would be fulfilled and said “Let it be done unto me according to your word.” Mary is for us the example of what it means to be open to the Holy Spirit. Throughout the Gospels we see her growing in her understanding of her vocation to be “Mother”. Finally, in the Acts of the Apostles, we see Mary praying for the Holy Spirit to come down upon the disciples to bring the Church to birth. As Queen of Heaven and Mother of us all, Mary prays for the Spirit to come upon us and to bring us to be more fully the people that Jesus calls us to be.

In the brief time I have been in the Diocese I have been amazed at how so many people live out their faith in Jesus and participate in His mission. One group I have enjoyed meeting is those who have consecrated their lives to Jesus as religious sisters, brothers and priests.
They have such amazing stories. Pope Francis has decreed this year a Year for Consecrated Life. In announcing the year he wrote, All our (religious) Institutes are heir to a history rich in charisms. At their origins we see the hand of God who, in his Spirit, calls certain individuals to follow Christ more closely, to translate the Gospel into a particular way of life, to read the signs of the times with the eyes of faith and to respond creatively to the
needs of the Church. In the religious sisters, brothers and priests of our Diocese we have seen and we continue to see these charisms, these particular gifts of the Holy Spirit, being lived out among us and for us.
During this year of Consecrated Life some of the stories of these amazing women and men will be shared in each issue of the Kete Korero. Their witness of mercy and joy reminds us all that we are all called to do amazing things for Jesus. I invite you to join with me and the religious sisters, brothers and priests in celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Consecrated Life at the Cathedral at 10.30 on Sunday 20 September 2015.

To paraphrase Pope Francis, Together let us thank the Father, who called our religious sisters, brothers and priests to follow Jesus by
fully embracing the Gospel and serving the Church, and poured into their hearts the Holy Spirit, the source of their joy and their witness
to God’s love and mercy before us and the whole world.

+ Bishop Steve Lowe