Homily Archive

Saturday of 
Week 26 in Ordinary Time
Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 & Lk. 10:17-24
Job had to endure much suffering and much soul-searching but he came through it all and his story had a happy ending. He had lost everything he had owned and loved. His children had been slain. His...
Monday of 
Week 27 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 1:6-12 & Lk. 10:25-37
St. Paul's message in the first reading is that there can only be one Good News. There is only one version of the truth, the version which was revealed to him by Jesus and which he faithfully hands...
Tuesday of 
Week 27 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 1:13-24 & Lk. 10:38-42
St. Paul was an unlikely candidate for launching the early faith Christian missionary outreach to the Gentiles. He had been a Jew among Jews. Before becoming a Christian, he had been totally devoted...
Wednesday of 
Week 27 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 2:1-2, 7-14 & Luke 11: 1-4
One of the most interesting things about studying the New Testament is comparing different writings that describe the same events. It should not surprise us that these writings do not always agree....
Thursday of 
Week 27 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 3:1-5 & Luke 11:5-13
We are so accustomed to our priests and leaders avoiding stepping on people's toes that Saint Paul's withering blast against the Galatians comes as a surprise. He simply tells it like it is: "Are you...
Saturday of 
Week 27 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 3:22-29 & Luke 11:27-28
The feasts, kosher rules and everyday regulations of Jewish life were included in the 'law' which Saint Paul describes as a kind of 'saviour' that kept people close to God. But as he says in today's...
Monday of 
Week 28 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1 & Lk. 11:29-32
Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians has been called the 'Charter of Christian freedom'. But it might more accurately be called 'Charter of Christian identity' because it emphasizes the Cross of...
Tuesday of 
Week 28 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 5:1-6 & Lk. 11:37-41
His distress over the state of the Galatians is evident in Saint Paul's impassioned words in the First Reading today. Although he is exasperated with the Galatians, he did not walk away from them....
Wednesday of 
Week 28 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 5:18-25 & Luke 11:42-46
How do we know that the Holy Spirit is working in us rather than the spirit of the age or the spirit of ourselves? Saint Paul in today's First Reading gives us a near fool-proof guide to determining...
Thursday of 
Week 28 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 1:1-10 & Lk. 11:47-54
If ever we wonder what life is about or why God created us, today's First Reading will enlighten us. Saint Paul lists four great truths that apply to each of us and which we often forget. He praises...
Friday of 
Week 28 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 1:11-14 & Lk. 12:1-7
The doctrine of predestination has troubled many ordinary believers. According to orthodox teaching, God both foreknows and predestines everything that happens in this world. How could God do...
Saturday of 
Week 28 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 1:15-23 & Lk. 12:8-12
Saint Paul heard how the Church at Ephesus was fulfilling the commandment to love God and love their neighbour and how strong was their faith in Jesus. This pleased him. But he reminds them that they...
Monday of 
Week 29 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 2:1-10 & Lk. 12:13-21
We have all seen a film in which a lifeless man has been dragged from a swimming pool, given the kiss of life and in a few moments he breathes again. He has been brought back to life! This situation...
Tuesday of 
Week 29 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 2:12-22 & Lk. 12:35-38
Once again Saint Paul tells us what we mean to Christ and what He has done for us. He wants us to consider just who we are and how precious we are in God’s eyes. Through Jesus Christ, the Gentile...
Wednesday of 
Week 29 in Ordinary Time
Eph.3:2-12 & Lk. 12:39-48
Saint Paul could never quite understand why God had favoured him to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. He considered himself the least of all believers, and yet God had chosen him to carry out a plan...
Thursday of 
Week 29 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 3:14-21 & Lk. 12:49-53
What a powerful prayer Saint Paul has for the Ephesians and for us - that they and we may grasp the breadth, the length, the height and the depth of Christ's love. The breadth of Christ's love is...
Friday of 
Week 29 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 4:1-6 & Lk. 12:54-59
From his prison in Rome Saint Paul is encouraging the Ephesians to lead lives worthy of their calling, to live selfless lives in gentleness and patience. The Spirit makes us one and, therefore, we...
Saturday of 
Week 29 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 4:7-16 & Lk. 13:1-9
Saint Paul talks about the different offices in the church in the First Reading today. Each is like a different part of the body, indispensable and contributing to the health of the whole. Each...
Monday of 
Week 30 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 8:32-5:8 & Lk. 13:10-17
The missionary churches that Saint Paul established and supported consisted of converts from paganism. He wanted them to make a real impact on their environment with lives that showed a real...
Tuesday of 
Week 30 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 5:21-33 & Lk. 13:18-21
Engaged couples sometimes choose today's First Reading for their Nuptial Mass, because it not only reveals the physical unity of marriage but also the spiritual unity that spouses are called to in...
Wednesday of 
Week 30 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 6:1-9 & Lk. 13:22-30
“Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord.” This is the command from Saint Paul in the First Reading today. I can only speak from experience but God gave me parents I loved and it was a...
Thursday of 
Week 30 in Ordinary Time
Eph. 6:10-20 & Lk. 13:31-35
To live the life of a Christian is to be in daily warfare with Satan. This is the message from Saint Paul in the First Reading today. And he should know! He fought many battles. So Paul advises...
Friday of 
Week 30 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 1:1-11 & Lk. 14:1-6
One of the things that impressed Saint Paul the most about the church at Philippi was their enthusiasm for the Gospel. Even though many of the Philippian Christians were converts from paganism they...
Saturday of 
Week 30 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 1:18-26 & Lk. 14:1, 7-11
“Life to me, of course, is Christ.” Saint Paul could have made these words the motto of his life. Ever since Christ blinded him and he fell from his horse on the road to Damascus, he lived and...
Monday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 2:1-4 & Lk. 14:12-14
Jesus tells us that the second commandment is, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Saint Paul tells us how we are to achieve this in the First Reading today - we must be united in our...