Homily Archive

Tuesday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 2:5-11 & Lk. 14:12-14
What beautiful words Saint Paul gives us in the First Reading today. They sum up the life of Jesus and are used in Holy Week: He is God, equal to the Father, Who empties Himself and becomes one of...
Wednesday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 2:12-18 & Lk. 14:25-33
Work for salvation “in fear and trembling” is what Saint Paul advises the Philippians in the First Reading today. But can you imagine our loving Father wanting us to go around all the time...
Thursday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 3:3-8 & Lk. 15:1-10
Before Paul of Tarsus met Jesus on the road to Damascus he tried to lead the life of a perfect Pharisee. He prided himself on this. He obeyed the law to the letter. But after he met Christ he would...
Friday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 3:17-4:1 & Lk. 16:1-8
The words of Saint Paul to the Philippians almost 2,000 years ago are so relevant today. Many people are so obsessed with material things that they forget that we were made not to make this Earth but...
Saturday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Phil. 4:10-19 & Lk. 16:9-15
The Philippians have generously given Paul a gift for his work. Paul wishes to show that he appreciates their generosity, but at the same time that he is not dependent on such things for contentment....
Monday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Titus 1:1-9 & Lk. 17:1-6
Titus had been a co-worker and companion on one of Saint Paul's missionary journeys. Paul left him on the island of Crete so that he could appoint worthy leaders and organize the church there so that...
Tuesday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Titus 2:1-8 & Lk. 17:7-10
Specific instructions about applying the principles of Christian living to older men and women, to husbands and wives who were rearing a family, and to young people were given by Saint Pail to Titus....
Wednesday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Titus 3:1-7 & Lk. 17:11-19
We have a duty to be obedient to officials and representatives of the government. This is what Saint Paul told Titus in his letter. We owe respect to their office. When such authority is undermined...
Thursday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Philemon 7-20 & Lk. 17:20-25
During his imprisonment in Rome, Saint Paul wrote a short letter to a follower and friend named Philemon. He was a prosperous Gentile who converted to Christianity through Paul's preaching. As fate...
Friday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
2 Jn. 4-9 & Lk.17:26-37
There are two key words in today's First Reading - love and truth. The word ‘love’ sums up the life of Saint John; he earned ‘the beloved disciple’ title. Once again he tells us, “Let us...
Saturday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
3 Jn. 5-8 & Lk. 18:1-8
Saint John is writing to a man named Gaius in today's First Reading, praising him for welcoming strangers who are spreading love for Jesus among pagans. He encourages Gaius to look after them on...
Monday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
1:1-4; 2:1-5 & Lk. 18:35-43
The Book of Revelation was written during a time of intense persecution of the Church. People believed that the end of the world was very near and that only Christ's return to Earth could set things...
Tuesday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 3:1-6, 14-22 & Lk. 19:1-10
In the Book of Revelation, Saint John conveys a message of warning to the seven great churches in Asia Minor. Few of them were living up to their high calling and some were failing miserably. The...
Wednesday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 4:1-11 & Lk. 19:11-28
A glimpse through the door of Heaven is given in today's First Reading: God is on the throne and the elders, representing the priesthood of the Old and New Testaments, are worshipping Him. The throne...
Thursday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 5:1-10 & Lk. 19:41-44
Many of the Christians were being discouraged because of persecution when the Book of Revelation was written. During this time the victory of Jesus' resurrection had faded from their mind. Instead...
Friday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 110:8-11 & Lk. 19:45-48
The Book of Revelation was written at a time when the Church was undergoing persecution, and so it was written in a veiled style so that it would not be understood by pagans. As a result much of its...
Saturday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 11:4-12 & Lk. 20:27-40
Today's first reading is one of the most obscure passages in the Book of Revelation. The two witnesses have to be Moses, who turned the river Nile into blood, and Elijah, who locked up the sky so...
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Monday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 14:1-5 & Lk. 21:1-4
What are we to make of Saint John's description of Heaven in the First Reading today? At first it seems as if Heaven is an exclusive club, to which numbers are restricted and secret songs are sung....
Tuesday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 14:14-19 & Lk. 21:5-11
We have a vision of the coming of Jesus at the end of time in the First Reading today. He wears a gold crown to symbolise that He has conquered sin and He carries a sickle indicating that He will...
Wednesday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 15:1-4 & Lk. 21:12-19
Saint John saw in Heaven something great, the awesome power of the judgement, wonderful because it represents the final vindication of God’s people and His divine judgement against everything evil....
Thursday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Rev. 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9 & Lk. 21:20-28
There are contrasting scenes presented by Saint John in the First Reading today. One concerns evil and the other good. He tells us of the work of two angels. The first of them has great authority and...
Friday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Apoc. 20:1-4, 11-21:2 & Lk. 21:29-33
Jesus Christ will preside over the final judgement of the whole world. He was not given this authority by some arbitrary decision of God; He earned the right to judge the world by His sinless life...
Saturday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Rev 22:1-7 & Lk. 21:34-36
Today is the last day of the liturgical year before Advent begins tomorrow. The reading from the Book of Revelation presents the final scene of human history, the new Jerusalem, our heavenly home....
Monday of 
Week 1 in Advent
Is. 2:1-5 & Mt. 8:5-11
The good people of this world long for peace. If ever our world needs to read the words of Isaiah it is today. He tells us that when the Lord comes, “He will wield authority over the nations and...
Sunday of 
Week 26 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 21: 28-31
In today's parable of the two sons Jesus was direct and came right to the point. He showed up the hypocrisy of the chief priests and elders of the Jews. He pointed out to them the perilous position...