Fr Hugh’s Homily for Baptism of the Lord
When I was first a priest I was sent up to Carlisle where we had a great parish priest called Greg Turner, who very much did things his own way. When he had some people wanting to join the Church he would gather a group of parishioners to journey with them. For some reason he always invited Joe, who spent most of his time putting people off the Church. I think Joe was included as an additional hurdle you had to cross. But one of the hurdles many people brought with them, and which I think many of us carry with us even as cradle Catholics sometimes, is how difficult it is to get into heaven. Now, I am not ignoring the story of the camel passing through the eye of the needle, and I don’t think it is without difficulty. But those difficulties are ones we bring ourselves. So let me explain….