At the Easter Vigil celebrated on 31st March in Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Vincent reflected on Christ being a renewing light in every life, adding, ‘This evening we stand alongside those who … will be baptised, others received into the full communion of the Catholic Church. With them we step forward, holding high the light of Christ as our standard.’
The story of God’s unending love in, ‘the goodness and beauty of creation, all that God ‘found to be very good’ … begins… just as our story with our first coming into being in our mother’s womb,’ explained the Cardinal.
As prophet Ezekiel speaks of the evils and wrong-doing of people, relevant even today, there is a moment of renewal for us in the Lord’s promise, ‘I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart. I shall put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh instead…You shall be my people and I will be your God’ (Ezekiel 36), said the Cardinal.
He described ‘This story, our beginnings, our journeying, our forgiveness, comes to its fulfilment in Christ… key to our lives and apex of human history’. Cardinal Nichols invited all present to be ‘Alive for God in Christ Jesus!’… the way of the Church… that brings us home and fills us with his joy.’
The full text of the homily can be read here
Photos of the Easter Vigil can be found here