Jesus and the Church are like two sides of the one coin: you can’t have one side without the other, says Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB. Source: The eRecord.
Archbishop Costelloe made the comment on Sunday, during the first of a number of planned catechesis in Perth for the Year of Youth.
The Archbishop commenced the catechesis, "Love the Church, You Must be Joking", by telling the young people present about a number of factors that convinced him to talk about who Jesus really is.
The one hour catechesis was followed by a Q and A session, music and worship lead by the Lockridge Parish Youth Group, ALIVE.
Archbishop Costelloe started by answering the question of who Jesus is.
“We have to firstly work hard to make sure that we get Jesus right.”
“What is the point of following him, after all, if what we are really following is a figment of our own imagination, or a creation of our own making, rather than the real person who was sent to us by God to reveal God’s face to us,” he said.
Archbishop Costelloe said that while he is aware that many young people walk away from the Church for various reasons, such as when they feel the Mass is boring, uninspiring, or even disappointing, Jesus himself faced similar situations with his disciples who at times doubted him.
“People want to turn the Church into something that will leave them comfortable – they don’t want the Church to be a challenge to them.”
Archbishop Costelloe said Jesus had chosen a community of disciples to follow Him, and this community is what makes up the Church.
“It becomes obvious in the New Testament that Jesus formed this special community and wanted it to be the bearer of his message.”
“In other words, Jesus formed the Church, created the Church, gave the gift of the Holy Spirit, and made the Church his preferred way of continuing to be present in our lives,” he said.