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Week of September 17, 2007
We must be transformed to speak Jesus' truth – archbishop
By GLEN ARGAN
We need a saviour.
- Archbishop Smith
Human beings, he continued, "are created for a relationship with God, are created for eternal communion." On our own, we cannot attain that goal. We need a saviour.
"We need to come to terms with (Jesus') truth."
That has been "a particular focus of Pope Benedict," Smith said. The pope notes that many see Jesus as a prophet or a wonderful human being. But Pope Benedict is clear in emphasizing that Jesus is the Son of God. "He alone can lead us to God."
To be effective witnesses today, our words and actions need to have the same meaning, he said.
The Second Vatican Council pointed out "Jesus spoke in words, but he also spoke in actions. His actions brought forth the deepest meaning of his words and his words brought understanding to the meaning of his actions."
For us, "What we say and what we do need to cohere perfectly to speak the truth that Jesus is."
The archbishop also warned against setting up a false opposition between Jesus and the Church. The Church should not be seen as a man-made organization, but as the body of Christ. "We need to look at our life in Christ precisely as members of the Church."
Finally, we need to see that being part of the body of Christ is to be part of the mission of the Church, Smith said. Our mission is the transformation of the world in Jesus Christ. "We cannot be shy about that."
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