2018 Christmas Appeal
Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal 2018
In his special Christmas message to parishioners this year, Archbishop Costelloe writes:-
“As I prepare this Christmas message, I find myself reflecting on the words of Jesus, who once said to his disciples,
“The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to His harvest” (Matthew 9:37).
We often understand this passage to be referring to the need for more vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. This is certainly true, but the passage can also be understood to refer to the call to every Christian to live his or her life in a spirit of faithful discipleship. We are all called to walk together in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd. He is the guide of every single one of us.
We express our discipleship in many different ways. At the heart of them all, of course, is our weekly or even more frequent celebration of the Eucharist. There we are drawn into a deep communion with the Lord who says to us, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). And as the Lord reminds us on another occasion, “It is not those who say ‘Lord, Lord’, who will enter the kingdom of Heaven but only those who do the will of my Father in Heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
What this means in practice is spelt out in Matthew’s gospel in a passage which is very consoling, or very confronting, depending on how we are actually living our Christian lives:
“Come … take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matthew 25:35).
It is in our compassionate and generous reaching out to people in need – the isolated, lonely, abused, sick or persecuted – that others see reflected in us the face of Jesus.
Then we really are ‘walking in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd’.
‘Our’ LifeLink agencies provide practical care and professional assistance to more than 34,000 Western Australian families and individuals in need each year. We could not hope to continue to do this without your generous support for my appeals” said Archbishop Costelloe.
LifeLink — Catholic Caring Agencies
|Street Address:||Griver House, 249 Adelaide Terrace, PERTH WA 6000|
|Postal Address:||GPO Box K828, PERTH WA 6842|
|Phone:||+61 8 6104 3636|
|Fax:||+61 8 6162 0345|