I would like to begin this evening by thanking Angus and Julia for asking me to give this homily. What we are celebrating has implications for all of us here, and my prayer is that what I say will do what every homily is meant to do, which is to open a door through which everyone present can enter more deeply into the mystery we are celebrating.
There’s a little moment every Sunday that I look forward to with a sense of anticipation, even mild excitement. It’s not unlike the feeling I get when the postman brings an unexpected parcel or an interesting looking letter and, for a few seconds, I wonder what’s in the parcel or who the letter could be from.
As soon as I read that story about Paul stirring up trouble and falling out with people in Jerusalem before having to be whipped away to Caesarea and then to Tarsus to avoid the people he had upset killing him, I was reminded of something that happened to me during the Spiritual Exercises twenty six years ago.