Homily Archive

Sunday of 
Week 27 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 21:33-43
An eviction notice to the nation of Israel is the subject of today's Gospel reading. Jesus was warning the Jews that they would either pay their rent or they would lose their place in His...
Sunday of 
Week 28 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 22:1-14
Another thought-provoking story features in today's Gospel reading. It was directed at the chief priests and elders and God’s chosen people. Jesus loved them. His words were meant to be a wake-up...
Sunday of 
Week 29 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 22:15-21
Jesus is placed by His enemies in what we would call a difficult situation in today's Gospel reading. He is approached by an alliance of two groups, the Herodians who supported the politics of Rome,...
Sunday of 
Week 30 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 22:34-40
The Pharisees I am sure could recite the Ten Commandments backwards. They were forever trying to break them down into sections and prioritise them. Today’s Gospel shows them trying to trap Jesus...
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Sunday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 23:1-12
Humility is an indispensable quality of character in Jesus’ scale of values. He was convinced that if you want to be great you have to be truly humble. Those of us who follow Jesus should share...
Sunday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 25:1-13
Jesus wants everyone to get to Heaven. So He told a parable of what we must do if we want to be there ourselves. It was about ten bridesmaids who were invited to a wedding which was held at night. It...
Sunday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 25:14-30
Jesus gives us another of His famous parables in today's Gospel reading. A rich man called together his servants and divided his wealth among them. He gave one five talents, another two and there was...
Christ the King | 
Ordinary Time
Dan. 7:13-14; Rev. 1:5-8 & Jn. 18:33-37
A coronation ceremony is a great occasion for national pride. It is marked by a beautiful and elaborate ritual whereby sovereignty is conferred on the new monarch. The people acclaim their new king,...
Friday of 
Week 27 in Ordinary Time
Gal. 3:7-14 & Luke 11:15-26
Saint Paul tried to get the Galatians to see that if you have faith in Jesus, there is no need to undertake the observance of the Mosaic Law. To demonstrate this truth, he pointed to the great model...
Sunday of 
Week 1 in Advent
Mark 13:33-37
People often consider the question, “Is there life after death?” But there is another equally valid question, “Is there life before death? This I think is the emphasis of today’s Gospel. A...
Tuesday of 
Week 1 in Advent
Is. 11:1-10 & Lk. 10:21-24
What a beautiful picture Isaiah describes in the first reading! It is a world where justice reigns, and where all of nature is in harmony. Animals which seem to us to be natural enemies of each other...
Wednesday of 
Week 1 in Advent
Is. 25:6-10 & Mt. 15:29-37
In this first week of Advent the world is looking forward eagerly to Christmas. You only have to walk around a shopping centre to sense the hustle, bustle and excitement. The readings of today’s...
Thursday of 
Week 1 in Advent
Is. 26:1-6 & Matt. 7:21, 24-27
Our two readings today tell us how to be wise or how to remain a fool. The wise person is the one who relies on God and builds his house on rock. The foolish one relies on people and builds his house...
Friday of 
Week 1 in Advent
Is. 29:17-24 & Matt. 9:27-31
Isaiah saw a vision of the future which excited him very much. A time would come when barren land would become fertile, disabled people cured and the poor would be freed from oppressive rulers. All...
Saturday of 
Week 1 in Advent
Is. 30:19-21, 23-26 & Mt. 9:35 – 10:1,6-8
The world in which Isaiah lived was not so very different from our own. He saw around him people who were in distress, suffering from the wounds and bruises which life had inflicted on them. They did...
Monday of 
Week 2 in Advent
Is. 35:1-10 & Lk 5:17-26
Isaiah waxes eloquently about the coming of the Messiah. The people of God were in the doldrums and they needed uplifting. They were living during a bleak period of history, a time of punishment in...
Sunday of 
Week 2 in Advent
Mark 1:1-8
Zachary, the father of John the Baptist, perfectly summed up his son’s calling at his naming ceremony when he said, “You shall go ahead of the Lord to prepare His ways before Him, to make known...
Tuesday of 
Week 2 in Advent
Is. 40:1-11 & Mt. 18:12-14
We Catholics believe in God. We have accepted the moral code of Jesus and make attempts to live it. We are involved in the Church and receive her Sacraments. We can recite the Creed. Do our lives...
Wednesday of 
Week 2 in Advent
Is. 40:25-31 & Mt.11:28-30
There are some people who say that God created the world and went to sleep, leaving it to run all by itself. When they look around at what is happening today, at the people starving, people homeless,...
Thursday of 
Week 2 in Advent
Is. 41:13-20 & Mt. 11:11-15
John the Baptist has been called the greatest of the prophets. All the Old Testament prophets, like Elijah and Isaiah, had a vision of the future in which God would make His presence known to...
Friday of 
Week 2 in Advent
Is. 48:17-19. & Mt. 11:16-19
There is one word which every child seems to learn but which no one has to teach them. That word is "No." They say "No" to eating the right kind of food and going to bed at the proper time. It would...
Saturday of 
Week 2 in Advent
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 & Mt. 17:10-13
In these weeks of Advent we hear a great deal about the prophets. The whole of Old Testament history was leading towards Christ's coming, and it is the prophets who tried to prepare His people to...
Sunday of 
Week 3 in Advent
Jn. 1:6-8, 19-28
On the Third Sunday of every Advent the Church helps us to prepare for Christ’s coming at Christmas by presenting us with John the Baptist. John the Baptist was unique. He wore odd clothes and ate...
Monday of 
Week 3 in Advent
Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17 & Matt. 21:23-27
When the Israelites were about to pass through Moab on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, Balak, the Moabite king, feared that they would take over his country. He commissioned Balaam, a...
Tuesday of 
Week 3 in Advent
Zeph. 3:1-29-13 & Mt. 21:28-32
In the first reading we see that the rebellious and defiled will not listen to the call of God, but there will be salvation for those who are humble and repent. The prophecy of Zephaniah can be...