Homily Archive

Wednesday of 
Octave of Easter in Eastertide
Acts. 3:1-10 & Lk. 24:13-35
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had been badly shaken by the events of the last few days. They had courageously left home and family to follow the Lord, listened to His words, witnessed His...
Thursday of 
Octave of Easter in Eastertide
Acts. 3:11-26 & Lk. 24:35-48
The apostles needed a great deal of reassuring that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had already appeared to them on Easter Sunday and shown them His wounded body to prove that He was alive and...
Friday of 
Octave of Easter in Eastertide
Acts. 4:1-12 & Jn. 21:1-14
Bewildered by recent events and wondering what to do with their lives, the apostles decided to go fishing again in today's Gospel reading. After a fruitless night a man they did not at first...
Saturday of 
Octave of Easter in Eastertide
Acts. 4:13-21 & Mk. 16:9-15
Faith is a gift from God. It is not something we can earn or acquire by our own efforts. No one knows why God apparently gives it to one and not to another. A person can read the whole Bible, study...
Sunday of 
Octave of Easter in Eastertide
Of all the Sacraments we receive Confession is the most unpopular. The majority of us do not like to admit we are wrong, that we are sinners? Jesus knows how beneficial it is for us to be honest with...
Monday of 
Week 2 in Eastertide
Acts. 4:23-31 & Jn. 3:1-8
The whole city of Jerusalem had been stirred up by the news of the miraculous healing of the beggar at the gate of the Temple. Everyone knew the man by sight because he had been begging there for...
Tuesday of 
Week 2 in Eastertide
Acts. 4:32-37 & Jn. 3:7-15
Could you, if you were well off, sell all you have to share it with those with little or nothing? It is asking a lot but this is precisely what the early Christians did. Through Baptism they were...
Wednesday of 
Week 2 in Eastertide
Acts. 5:17-26 & Jn. 3:16-21
How actively and effectively the Lord worked among the early Christians in Jerusalem is shown by today's first reading. He was not going to allow the spread of the good news of the resurrection to be...
Thursday of 
Week 2 in Eastertide
Acts. 5:27-33 & Jn. 3:31-36
To let everyone know in Jerusalem that Jesus had risen and that He offered them eternal life was the one intention on the minds of the apostles after Pentecost. This angered the religious...
Friday of 
Week 2 in Eastertide
Acts. 5:34-42 & Jn. 6:1-15
Another conflict between the apostles and the Sanhedrin is recorded in today's first reading. This time they have an unexpected defender in the influential Pharisee Gamaliel who speaks wisely when he...
Saturday of 
Week 2 in Eastertide
Acts. 6:1-7 & Jn. 6:16-21
The first reading tells us of the practical steps the apostles took to see to the needs of the early Church. It appeared that the word of God was being neglected while they saw to the physical needs...
Monday of 
Week 3 in Eastertide
Acts. 6:8-15 & Jn. 6:22-29
One of the most disheartening of human experiences is being misunderstood. Jesus knew how that felt. He worked great signs among His people and yet they failed to understand what He was trying to do...
Tuesday of 
Week 3 in Eastertide
Acts. 7:51-8:1 & Jn. 6:30-35
Despite the fact that Jesus fed 5,000 people on raw fish and five loaves they wanted further proof of Who He was. I cannot believe they had the audacity to ask Him for another sign! Was that miracle...
Wednesday of 
Week 3 in Eastertide
Acts. 8:1-8 & Jn. 6:35-40
The day Stephen was martyred a terrible persecution started against the Church in Jerusalem. Many Christians left their homes and fled into the country, but the Gospel tells us that the apostles...
Thursday of 
Week 3 in Eastertide
Acts. 8:26-40 & Jn. 6:44-51
When Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him”, He is telling us that it is the Father who draws souls to Him. Those individuals who heard Christ’s words and were drawn to...
Friday of 
Week 3 in Eastertide
Acts. 9:1-20 & Jn. 6:52-59
Today's readings teach us that Jesus is not only present in the Eucharist, but also in people. Saul of Tarsus was noted as the persecutor of Christians when, on the road to Damascus, he was struck to...
Saturday of 
Week 3 in Eastertide
Acts. 9:31-42 & Jn. 6:60-69
We could substitute the name of Jesus for Peter in today's first reading and it would sound like a Gospel narrative – except for one important element. Jesus performed miracles in His own name and...
Monday of 
Week 4 in Eastertide
Acts 11:1-18 & Jn. 10:11-18
If you had received some good news, would you keep it to yourself or would you want to share it with others? This was the question the early Christians had to ask themselves. The converts in...
Tuesday of 
Week 4 in Eastertide
Acts. 11:19-26 & Jn. 10-30
Antioch, we are told in the first reading, is where the followers of Christ were first called Christians. For some people names are very important. To the Jews they carried great significance. We...
Wednesday of 
Week 4 in Eastertide
Acts. 12:24-13:5 & Jn. 12:44-50
According to Saint John the words of today's Gospel were the very last of Jesus' public ministry. From then He will concentrate on teaching His Apostles. John tells us that Jesus 'cried out' these...
Thursday of 
Week 4 in Eastertide
Acts. 13:13-25 & Jn.13:16-20
We find Paul in the synagogue at Antioch in today's first reading. Invited to speak he gives a lesson in history, from the sojourn of the Jews in Egypt, their rescue by God, their wandering in the...
Friday of 
Week 4 in Eastertide
Acts. 13:26-33 & Jn. 14:1-6
The leaders of the Jewish community failed to recognize Jesus for who He was, the fulfilment of Jewish prophecy, and had Him executed. This is what Saint Paul said in the Antioch synagogue, in...
Saturday of 
Week 4 in Eastertide
Acts.13:44-52 & Jn. 14:7-14
We often hear the expression, 'Their loss is our gain.' How true it is in relation to the Jews in Antioch who rejected Paul and Barnabas: they directed their efforts of conversion to the Gentiles as...
Monday of 
Week 5 in Eastertide
Acts. 14:5-8 & Jn. 14:21-26
The response that Paul and Barnabas received from town to town ranged from physical violence to hero worship. In one place they would be lucky to escape with their lives from their enemies. In...
Tuesday of 
Week 5 in Eastertide
Acts. 14:19-28 & Jn. 14:27-31
Saint Paul did not get a hero's welcome in every city he visited. In fact he was hissed more than he was cheered, harassed more than he was honoured. In some towns, he went from being a celebrity to...