Homily Archive

Saturday of 
Week 3 in Lent
Hosea 5:15-6:6 & Lk, 18:9-14
Two men went into the Temple to pray. Their prayers were quite different. One was a Pharisee, a religious and respected man in the community. At the back of the Temple was a tax collector, a man who...
Sunday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Lk. 15:1-3, 11-32
The parable in today's Gospel has to be the best short story ever told. Charles Dickens, for whom I have a great respect, called it “the most touching story in literature”. It is about a young...
Monday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Is. 65:17-21 & Jn. 4:43-54
The coming of an era when redemption would begin with the death and resurrection of Christ was foretold by Isaiah, and in today's Gospel we see the court official experiencing the start of this...
Tuesday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Ezek. 47:1-9,12 & John 5:1-3, 5-16.
The theme of life-giving water dominates the readings and texts of today’s Mass beginning with the Entrance Antiphon, “Come to the waters, all who thirst; though you have no money, come and drink...
Wednesday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Is. 49:8-15 & Jn. 5:17-30
A desolate cry is heard in today's first reading, “The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.” This is so untrue! The Lord is quick to reassure us and could there be a warmer response?...
Thursday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Wis. 2:1,12-22 & Jn. 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
"The godless say to themselves, ‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man since he annoys us.’” I am sure we can all recognise that situation. You try your best to do something worthwhile but...
Friday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Exod. 32:7-14 & Jn. 5:31-47
After all God had done for His chosen people, saving them from the hand of Pharaoh and the Egyptians with wonders and miracles, they were fickle and unfaithful. They made for themselves a calf of...
Saturday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Jn. 12:20-33
Jesus, the Son of God, was reaching the end of His mission. The time was rapidly approaching when He would give up His life on Earth so that the salvation of sinners could be accomplished. Jesus...
Sunday of 
Week 5 in Lent
Jn. 8: 1-11
When a woman guilty of adultery was brought to Jesus by the Scribes and Pharisees they reminded Him that, according to the Law of Moses, she should be stoned but they wanted to know what He would...
Monday of 
Week 5 in Lent
Dan. 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62 & Jn. 8:1-11
The two readings for today correspond perfectly: women accused of adultery are about to be stoned to death but, at the last moment, they are rescued by 'saviours' … Daniel and Jesus. Judging and...
Tuesday of 
Week 5 in Lent
Num. 21:4-9 & Jn. 8:21-30
The Israelites grumble against Moses and are punished by biting serpents, but they are delivered by looking upon a bronze serpent erected by Moses following the directives of the Lord. Like the...
Wednesday of 
Week 5 in Lent
Dan. 3:14-20, 24-25, 28 & Jn. 8:31-42
What is freedom? Does it mean doing whatever we wish, going wherever we please, having everything we want? Today's readings tell us that we can only find true freedom when our lives are centred, not...
Thursday of 
Week 5 in Lent
Gen. 17:3-9 & Jn. 8:51-59
God in the first reading makes a covenant with Abram and promises to make him the father of a multitude of nations. Because of this He changes his name from Abram to Abraham. Let us focus our...
Friday of 
Week 5 in Lent
Jer. 20:10-13 & Jn. 10:31-42
Both Jeremiah and Jesus are confronted by enemies in today's readings who are filled with hatred and murderous intent. Jeremiah is so confident that God will never desert Him. He believes the Lord is...
Saturday of 
Week 5 in Lent
Ezek. 37:21-28 & Jn. 11:45-57
We are aware that it is wrong to deceive other people, but isn't it equally wrong to deceive ourselves? Self-deception is probably more common and certainly just as destructive. Today's Gospel...
Monday of 
Holy Week in Lent
Is. 42:1-7 & Jn. 12:1-11
My name is Judas Iscariot. I’ve been with Jesus for three years, travelling around Galilee and listening to His preaching. When I first met Him I felt sure that He was the Messiah for whom we have...
Tuesday of 
Holy Week in Lent
Is. 49:1-6 & Jn. 13:21-33, 36-38
Another of Isaiah's beautiful Servant Songs is in today's first reading: “The Lord called Me before I was born, from My mother’s womb He pronounced My name.” We know that the name chosen by...
Wednesday of 
Holy Week in Lent
Is. 50:4-9 & Mt. 26:14-25
The grim details of the torment of the Suffering Servant are foretold by Isaiah in today's first reading. He will be beaten, his beard will be plucked out, and he will be spat upon. Of all the men...
Maundy Thursday | 
Lent
1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Exod. 12:1-14; Jn. 13:1-15
When Our Lord was preparing Himself for His Last Supper with His apostles, what was on His mind? He was going to abolish the Old Covenant and establish the New Covenant to leave Himself with us in...
Good Friday | 
Lent
Assured that Pontius Pilate had given permission for the Body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross, the centurion nods to Joseph of Arimathea to begin the task. He cannot help but notice the...
Holy Saturday | 
Lent
There seemed to be no peace for Jesus even as He approached His final moments. You would expect the priests who had manipulated His death giving Him no rest, with their jeering and mocking. But why...
Resurrection of the Lord | 
Eastertide
Thank you, heavenly Father, for giving us your Son and raising Him from the dead. In this way you showed your approval of all that He achieved. We thank you Jesus for the example of your life, for...
Monday of 
Octave of Easter in Eastertide
Acts. 2:14, 22-33 & Mt. 28:8-15
One of the striking things about Jesus’ Resurrection appearances is that each time He meets someone He sends them on a mission to tell others the good news. They are to be His witnesses of the new...
Sunday of 
Holy Week in Lent
When Jesus mounted the donkey and made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago He was fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah, “See, your king comes to you, righteous and having...
Tuesday of 
Octave of Easter in Eastertide
Acts. 2:36-41 & Jn. 20:11-18
Mary Magdalene was so fortunate to have been recorded in today's Gospel as the first person to have seen the risen Lord. But surely we believe that when Jesus rose from the dead He appeared to His...