As the first general assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia reached the halfway point, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has preached on the power of prayer and trust in the Holy Spirit. Source: ACBC.
Celebrating Mass for the third full day of the Council, Archbishop Fisher’s homily reflected on Luke’s Gospel of the day, when the disciples ask Jesus how to pray.
“They knew Christ was the best of teachers,” he said. “Of the 90 times people address Jesus in the Gospels, they call Him ‘Teacher’ in 60 of them, a title He also used for Himself. For our Plenary Council, also, Christ must be our wisdom and guide, and so: ‘Lord, teach us how to pray’.”
Archbishop Fisher said “the first purpose of the Church is the worthy worship of God, and our Plenary Council will surely do all it can to ensure this takes place going forward”.
Archbishop Fisher’s homily also reflected on the musings of the daughter of Karl Marx, the founder of atheistic communism, speaking to a friend after reading the Our Father. Jenny Marx spoke of how wonderful it would be if there were a God like the one spoken about in that prayer.
“Well, Ms Marx,” Archbishop Fisher said, “we the People of God in Australia respond, ‘there is!’”
She also spoke of how transformational it would be if God’s children made his name holy, made his kingdom come, did his will, fed and forgave others, were fed and forgiven, and were freed from evil.
“For all that to be true, we must be Australia’s powerhouse of prayer,” Archbishop Fisher preached.
“Only through prayer can we hear, discern, converse, propose, decide. Only with such inspirations that we can make the decisions we must. But with true and deep prayer we can face the dreams and difficulties head on, in the grace of the Holy Spirit and the company of fellow believers, striking out with renewed conviction and humble confidence.”