05 November 2012
Catholics have a tendency to believe they have to do good things and get their life right before Jesus will recognise them, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli told participants at last weekend’s archdiocesan assembly.
This was the wrong way around, however, he said. “Christ is always there knocking,” he said. “He is offering all the time his grace, love and friendship.”
First, we needed to receive his grace, the love of God he communicates; “God chancing himself on us”.
“In receiving, recognising Christ, what he actually looks like, then we know how to respond.”
The sequence should be to receive, then recognise, then respond.
Bishop Comensoli was keynote speaker at the assembly held at Merici College and attended by about 300 people from across the Archdiocese.
In the afternoon, participants attended their choice of five workshops on prayer, addressing adoration, repentance, contemplation, petition and thanksgiving.