Homily Archive

Friday of 
Week 23 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 9:16-19, 22-27 & Lk. 6:39-42
Saint Paul’s conversion to Christianity was, as we know, sudden and dramatic. From that moment he found the Gospel so exciting that he felt impelled to spend the rest of his life sharing it with...
Saturday of 
Week 23 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 10:14-22 & Lk. 6:43-49
What does the Eucharist really mean to us? Do we truly believe, as Saint Paul says, that the blessing cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ, that the bread we break is a communion with His...
Monday of 
Week 24 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 11:17-26 & Lk. 7:1-10
Saint Paul was greatly concerned to preserve the unity of the church at Corinth. He believed like many of us do that doctrinal and liturgical divisions among Christians are an embarrassment if not a...
Tuesday of 
Week 24 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 12:12-14, 27-31 & Lk. 7:11-17
One of the great images of the Church as a body is given by Saint Paul in today's first reading. Just as a body has many parts, so does the Church. The body for its best functioning needs all the...
Wednesday of 
Week 24 in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 & Luke 7:31-35
What is real love? Saint Paul gives us the criteria. Real love is patient and kind, not jealous nor snobbish. Real love does not put on airs and is never rude. It is not selfish and resentful. There...
Thursday of 
Week 24 in Ordinary Time
1 Tim. 4:12-16 & Lk. 7:36-50
Hard-headed rationalists boast that they only believe what they are able to discover for themselves. That kind of boast may impress people who aspire to become independent thinkers. But the only...
Friday of 
Week 24 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 15:12-20 & Lk. 8:1-3
The Corinthian Christians believed in Christ's Resurrection but not in the resurrection of the body. Greek philosophy saw the body as a prison for the soul. At death, the soul was set free and...
Saturday of 
Week 24 in Ordinary Time
1 Tim. 6:13-16 & Lk. 8:4-15
The Christians in the church at Corinth were worried about the life to come. Most of them came from a Greek background that believed the soul would live forever once it was freed from the 'prison...
Monday of 
Week 25 in Ordinary Time
Ezra 1:1-6 & Lk. 8:16-18
A man’s car broke down on a busy street. He raised the bonnet and began a fruitless search for the problem. Motorists swerved around him, some hurling verbal abuse at him. More than 100 must have...
Tuesday of 
Week 25 in Ordinary Time
Ezra 6:7-8 & 12, 14-20 & Lk. 8:19-21
Sometimes a wife complains to her husband that he never says he loves her any more. The husband replies, 'You know I love you. I work hard at my job for you and the children. Surely that shows that I...
Wednesday of 
Week 25 in Ordinary Time
Proverbs 30:5-9 & Lk. 9:1-6
“God is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” These are comforting words from the book of Proverbs in the First Reading today. Many Christians take those words to mean that God will let no...
Thursday of 
Week 25 in Ordinary Time
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 & Luke 9:7-9
You could claim that today's First Reading is the bleakest and most pessimistic passage in the entire Bible. Although the author believed in God, he was of the view that it is impossible to make much...
Friday of 
Week 25 in Ordinary Time
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 & Luke 9:18-22
There is an appointed time for everything, as today's First Reading tells us. It describes the events in every life and their place in every life. This is the way God has planned it. Each of these is...
Saturday of 
Week 25 in Ordinary Time
Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8 & Luke 9:43-45
The author of the book of Ecclesiastes does not sound optimistic. The reason is that despite his belief in God, he lived in an era when there was no clear understanding of the afterlife. The notion...
Sunday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 16:13-21
We who are cradle Catholics have always believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and Saviour of the world. When Jesus first called His Apostles to follow Him they could not say this of...
Sunday of 
Week 22 in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 20:7-9 & Mt. 16:21-27
“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” What an incredible invitation from Jesus in today's Gospel – usually if someone wants...
Sunday of 
Week 23 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 33:7-9 & Mt. 18:15-20
There is something I find hard to do - and I wonder if you feel the same. It is pointing out to others the wrong they are doing. I feel I should mind my own business yet in today’s Gospel Jesus...
Sunday of 
Week 24 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 18:21-35
We have much for which we should thank Saint Peter – even his quick tongue! Again and again he rushed into speech and his impetuosity drew from Jesus teaching that is immortal. On the occasion...
Sunday of 
Week 25 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 20:1-16
We can all feel for the men in today's Gospel who had worked hard the whole day and found themselves being paid the same as those who had only worked one hour. Yes, it was true that they had agreed...
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary | 
Ordinary Time
Lk. 1:39-56
15th August has always been a memorable day in my life. It was the day, when at the age of 10, I arrived with my family at Tilbury Docks after a four week cruise through the Suez canal from India. My...
Monday of 
Week 26 in Ordinary Time
Job 1:6-22 & Lk. 9:46-50
Suffering is one of the most perplexing of human experiences. If only evil people suffered as a punishment for their wickedness and if good people were rewarded ln this life for their goodness, there...
Tuesday of 
Week 26 in Ordinary Time
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 & Lk. 9:51-56
Job was so miserable in his misfortunes that he wished he had never been born. He was near despair because he could not see any reason or purpose for his sufferings. It was only through a desperate...
Wednesday of 
Week 26 in Ordinary Time
Job 9:1-12, 14-16 & Lk. 9:57-62
In the midst of his sufferings Job could have thought that with the kind of friends he had who needs enemies? Three of his friends came to console him, but gradually consolation turned to accusation....
Thursday of 
Week 26 in Ordinary Time
Job 19:21-27 & Lk. 10:1-12
Probably one of the most depressing of all human experiences is to feel all alone. I refer to a situation in which there seems to be no one who understands and cares about us. Three friends came to...
Friday of 
Week 26 in Ordinary Time
Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 & Lk. 10:13-16
Modern experts advise parents always to give their children explanations for the rules and regulations they make at home. Children should be given, so far as they can understand them, the reasons why...