Homily Archive

Sunday of 
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
Mk 6:1-6
Most of us like to go home, especially when we have been away for a long time. We look forward to being hugged and greeted by family and friends. It seems reasonable to assume that Jesus had a...
Sunday of 
Week 15 in Ordinary Time
Amos 7:12-15; Eph. 1:3-14; Mk. 6:7-13
If you serve God you have to be prepared to be opposed. You will find that not everyone loves you, or respects your service to God, or appreciates your commitment. Serving God provokes some people to...
Sunday of 
Week 16 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 13:24-43
How many of us to some degree are gossips and judgemental? The parable Our Lord tells us today is so relevant - and we have much to learn from it. He tells the story about a farmer who planted wheat...
Sunday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 13:44-46
What is the meaning of your life? What is the note that strikes deep in your heart and brings all the other notes of your life into harmony? That one thing is the quest of your lifetime! Today's...
Mary Mother of the Church | 
Ordinary Time
The title Mary, Mother of the Church, is a title, officially given to Mary during the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI. Many of the saints, popes and theologians have referred to our Blessed...
Our Lord Jesus Christ | 
Ordinary Time
It was God who instituted the role of priesthood. He had Aaron, the brother of Moses, anointed a priest. Abraham's great-grandson Levi was singled out by God to be the father of the priestly tribe....
Saints Peter and Paul | 
Ordinary Time
“These men, conquering all human frailty, shed their blood and helped the Church to grow. By sharing the cup of the Lord’s suffering, they became the friends of God.” These are the words that...
Monday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 13:1-11 & Mt. 13:31-35
Jeremiah was commanded to use a visual aid as a means to illustrate the decay in the people's relationship with God. The rotted loin cloth, no longer fit for use, was a symbol of Israel's...
Tuesday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 14:17-22 & Mt. 13:36-43
When disasters occur we often look for someone to blame. It's the government's fault. It's our neighbour's fault. It's God's fault. It happened, too, in the time of Jeremiah when, apparently, Judah...
Wednesday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 15:10, 16-21 & Mt. 13:44-46
Jeremiah had a difficult and frustrating mission in trying to call the people of his time to repentance. He could have identified with our modern expression about banging your head against a brick...
Thursday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 8:1-6 & Mt. 13:47-53
What is God really like? None of us knows but in today's First Reading there is a helpful insight. Jeremiah watched a potter at work, carefully moulding and shaping his clay into a vessel. If it did...
Friday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 26:1-9 & Mt. 13:54-58
When Jeremiah preached he had no idea that all of his work was really going to bear fruit in one person. Nor did he even suspect that there would be similarities between that person and himself. Had...
Saturday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 26:11-16, 24 & Mt. 14:1-12
Sometimes nothing seems quite right in this world. Not only do the rich become richer and the poor get poorer, but the powerful become more powerful and the weak get weaker. Evil appears to triumph...
Monday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 28:1-17 & Mt. 14:13-21
People in this life who want 'to get ahead' usually learn to tell others what they want to hear! It takes courage to say what they need to hear. Jeremiah was one of those with courage; his...
Tuesday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 & Mt. 14:22-36
Nothing can save the Israelites. God admits this in today's first reading. Their sins of disobedience and unfaithfulness have caused them injuries beyond healing and they have no one to plead their...
Wednesday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 31:1-7 & Mt. 15:21-28
This passage from Jeremiah has always been one of my favourites because of those beautiful words of God, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Yes, there are times when life is hard,...
A Happy Ending!
Cycle II
Thursday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Jer. 31:31-34 & Mt. 16:13-23
In recent times, when America was going through a great depression in the 1930s, Hollywood came to the rescue. Many films were based on the rags to riches theme and there was always a happy...
Friday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Nahum 2:1, 3:1-3, 6-7 & Mt. 16:24-28
The mighty Assyrians were for a long time the relentless oppressors of the Jews. Nahum, the prophet, foresaw the impending destruction of this feared adversary and proclaimed a message of hope to the...
Saturday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Habakkuk 1:12-2:4 & Mt. 17:14-20
A woman was diagnosed as having terminal cancer. She prayed for a cure but her condition only worsened. One friend told her that it was foolish to pray because prayer accomplished nothing. Another...
Monday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Ezek. 1:2-5, 24-28 & Mt. 17:22-27
The temple in Jerusalem was very precious to the Jews, not because it was made of valuable stones and metals, but because it was the special abode of God on Earth and their supreme place of worship....
Tuesday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 2:8-34 & Mt. 18:1-5, 12-14
Ezekiel, like many of the prophets, was sent by God to proclaim a message of warning to the people. The scroll represented this message of God and Ezekiel's eating of it was a sign that he had...
Wednesday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 9:1-7; 10:18-22 & Mt. 18:15-20
Ezekiel was God's messenger to proclaim a warning that the city of Jerusalem would be destroyed because of the appalling sins of its people. The prophet told the people that God was not to be blamed...
Thursday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 12:1-12 & Mt. 18:21-19:1
When the Lord called Ezekiel to be His prophet, He warned him that the people were a rebellious, impudent and stubborn nation. Ezekiel continually warned the people about their characteristics but...
Friday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 16:1-15, 60, 63 & Mt. 19:3-12
Ezekiel recounts, in a tender and graphic style, the immense love and mercy that God had shown His people. He had found them in pitiable and desperate plight, unloved and without hope; He could have...
Saturday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 18:1-10, 13, 30-32 & Mt. 19:13-15
God's love is unconditional. He loves us without any strings attached. But God's promises are another matter. He promises us that we will live, but only if we repent and try to avoid all sin. God...