Bishop Richard Gagnon's homily
(1st Sunday of Lent, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria BC)
Rainbow as announcement of God's mercy: Even if man falls into sin, God
will not destroy the earth. Christ fulfills this covenant.
Harrowing of Hell: purgatory. Another sign of mercy.
Baptism more than ritual: a sacrament of mercy, through which we are
saved. Also a gift of holiness, as it unites us to God. Also, a task to
live in a way befitting this gift.
Temptation is especially strong in times of holiness, such as the Lenten
season. We must persevere.