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Bishop Riesbeck, CC Mass of Thanksgiving Homily

Following Bishop Riebseck, CC's episcopal ordination he had a mass of thanksgiving on March 20, 2013, at St. Mary's parish in Ottawa, ON.

"Trusting in God involves abandoning ourselves completely to God – surrendering every area of our lives to him… abandoning ourselves completely to his will because he knows best – God knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. He loves us so much and wants what’s best for us.

"The greatest proof of that is the cross, Christ Crucified, the power of God and the wisdom of God. 'God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.' (Rom 5:8). From the Cross, Christ looked down at those who came before him, at those who were there on Calvary, at those who would come after him; he looked at each one of us and he freely chose to give up his life so that we could be forgiven for all of our sins, so that we could have eternal life. On the cross, the arms of Jesus were stretched out in bitter torment but they were also stretched out in inconceivable love for us, a love so great that it extended to every human being, a love so great that it embraced you and me.

"But because Jesus embraced the cross, sin and death were conquered when Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. This is why the cross is so important to us. Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no crucifixion, there would not have been a resurrection. The apparent shame and defeat of the Cross was in reality the ultimate victory of God’s love. And through Jesus’ self-emptying in the Cross and crucifixion, Christ receives the highest exaltation. In God’s eyes, the Cross is the greatest triumph. What seems to the world to be failure is, in God’s eyes, the victory of sacrificial love."