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In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus is asking his disciples who people say that he is, then who they (the disciples themselves) say that he is. Jesus moves from a general question, seeking public impression, to a personal question directed at his followers. Peter, on behalf of the disciples, has a perfect answer: “You are the Christ.” However, having a correct answer does not mean a correct understanding. The image of the Christ manifests in Jesus does not fit Peter’s preconception. The Christ in Jesus is a suffering servant. The Saviour in Jesus is a crucified lamb. The God in Jesus is a lovingly vulnerable God. What a shock to Peter and his followers. I personally still find this difficult to grasp and understand.
Today we might have a correct answer to the question of Jesus for us: Who do you say that I am? – You are the Christ, the Saviour, who saved us through your passion, death and resurrection. But do we really believe in what we profess? Do we really believe that in Christ we are saved, not through peaceful, blessed and hardship-free experiences, but through the way of the cross? “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let them renounce themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” This is Jesus’ way of redemption and salvation, this is God’s way of transformation and transcendence of self to eternity.
If we believe and say that Jesus is the Christ, like Peter, what understanding do we have about this Christ? How much do we know him personally? We might like to talk to him in quiet prayer so to let him to reveal who he really is to us.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, every one of you, for being present at my ordination to the priesthood and thanksgiving mass last weekend, praying for me over these times leading up to such an important celebration, and helping me in many ways in preparation and the celebrations. My sincere gratitude and blessings to all.
Furthermore, for those who have not heard about my appointment for next year (starting from January 2019), that I have been appointed by the Provincial Superior to be the Pre-novitiate Director (being in charge of the first year MSC candidates) and the assistant priest at Blackburn parish in Melbourne.
It is a great sadness for me leaving this parish community but at the same time I have been called to serve the MSC Australian Province in a different role. However, I will be in the parish until after Christmas. So I still have a few months to serve and be with you all. Let’s be content in the present moment.
Fr Khoi msc
Join us on Saturday 6th October at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
Twice a year, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Kensington helps in the roster to prepare and serve free meals at St Canice’s Kitchen in Kings Cross. This roster is filled up by other groups across all of Sydney working different days so that those who need this service are able to access it free.
Our team of around 10 people reserve one Sunday in around July and another Sunday in November to cook and serve snags, mash and veggies to anyone that comes into the Kitchen. We wish to extend the opportunity for more members of the OLR community to do the same. Having done this for many years, the members will attest how much this service has given them more than they give to the service. Twice a year for around 4 hours each roster is all the service asks from you. Notices for the schedules are sent months ahead to allow people to squeeze this in their hectic calendars.
So if you wish to experience the bliss of doing something good and something different, contact Dennis Fenech, Coordinator, St Canice’s Kitchen, OLR Kensington on 0400 810 400.
In this case, it is not true that too many cooks spoil the broth!
Hope to welcome you to the team for the next roster in November.