|ST STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL BRISBANE|
|ARCHBISHOP JOHN A. BATHERSBY RETIRES IN LATE JULY, 2011|
The Gospel of course, included the cry of Our Lord from the Cross: "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani" which is "My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" This was of course a quotation from the Psalms (22) Recognised by the Jews as being prophetic of the Messiah. By using it, Jesus was clearly even at the last, asserting His Messianic status.
However we heard none of that in the Homily of his Grace. Rather, we were told that abandoned by His disciples, by His Apostles and even by His Father, "Jesus must have even begun to doubt His own Teaching"!
The concelebrants sat stoney faced staring straight ahead.
Three months and two weeks to go.