Homily Archive

Sunday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 17:1-9
Sometimes we think of saints as super-human, near-perfect, people. But were they really like that? They were special people, certainly, but human nonetheless and heirs, therefore, to the same...
Sunday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19: 9. 11-13
Today's reading from the First Book of Kings presents us with the prophet Elijah who, like us, learnt from personal experience that life sometimes can be difficult and discouraging. Anyone who has...
Sunday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Mt. 15:21-28
Jesus had gone to the district of Trye and Sidon because He was tired and wanted, for a little while, to escape the pressing demands of His ministry. Saint Mark’s account of this event says, “He...
Monday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Judges 2:11-19 & Mt. 19:16-22
Of all the peoples in the world God chose the Israelites and set them apart to be His very own nation. How could they ever be so ungrateful to turn away from Him and worship alien gods? Their...
Tuesday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 28:1-10 & Mt. 19:23-30
The greatest sin is to try to make yourself God. This is what the ruler of Tyre did. He did not worship the Creator of Heaven and Earth - but himself! Having amassed piles of gold and silver he felt...
Wednesday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 34:1-11 & Mt. 20:1-16
Ezekiel heavily criticizes the leaders of Israel. He compares them to bad shepherds who are cruel to their sheep. They abuse their authority, by only taking care of themselves, ignoring the plea of...
Thursday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 36:23-38 & Mt. 22:1-14
The people of Israel went into exile because they defiled the Promised Land by their sinful deed - they broke the covenant with Yahweh and worshipped idols. God decided to take the initiative,...
Friday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 37:1-14 & Mt. 22:34-40
The remarkable vision of the dry bones recorded by Ezekiel took place in Babylon where the conquered Israelites were in exile. The people felt that their nation was as good as dead, like the bones of...
Saturday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Ez. 43:l-7 & Mt. 23:1-12
The Jews were living in exile. They felt that they were a people very near extinction. But Ezekiel promised that God would restore them to their homeland and their temple. He used the image of...
Monday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
2 Thess. 1:1-5, 11-12 & Mt. 23:13-22
We hear people brag about how well their children are doing at school, how much they enjoy driving their sports car, how beautiful is their garden and how wonderful are their holidays. There is...
Tuesday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
2 Thess. 2:1-3 & Mt. 23:23-26
Problems in their church prompted St Paul to write his second letter to the Thessalonians. Many members of it were preoccupied with the second coming of Jesus and certain self-styled experts in...
Wednesday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
2 Thess. 3:6-10, 16-18 & Mt. 23:27-32
Some of the Thessalonians were so convinced that Jesus would come very soon that they gave up working. They thought if Jesus' second coming is imminent what was the point of ploughing, sowing and...
Thursday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 1:1-9 & Mt. 24:42-51
In the port of Corinth, which was known as 'Sin City' around 50 AD, St Paul founded a Christian community. He admitted that he approached his work with trepidation because of the city's moral...
Friday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 1-17-25 & Mt. 25:1-13
The city of Corinth was a cosmopolitan centre in the first century, similar to places like today’s London or New York. There was some influence of Greek philosophy but the people were worldly wise...
Saturday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 1:26-31 & Mt. 25:14-3
In a first class hotel the prime table goes to those people who give the head waiter a handsome tip. That is not God's way. In an expensive department store the person who is smartly dressed, and who...
Monday of 
Week 22 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 2:1-5 & Lk. 4:16-30
In his preaching Saint Paul did not resort to the philosophical rhetoric of his day. He was but a tent maker who spoke a simple message relying on the power of the Spirit, not human ingenuity. The...
Tuesday of 
Week 22 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 2:10-16 & Lk. 4:31-37
In how many different languages is Mass said around the world every day? And what language does God use when He speaks to us as individuals? It is not any human language, in fact, for He speaks to us...
Wednesday of 
Week 22 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 3:1-9 & Lk. 4:38-48
The fact that factions had developed among the Christians of Corinth made Saint Paul very unhappy. One reason for the division was their attachment to the human ministers of the Gospel whether to...
Thursday of 
Week 22 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 3:18-23 & Lk. 5:1-11
Each of us can sympathise with Peter in today’s Gospel reading. He was a professional fisherman who knew the waters of the lake and the suitable times for fishing. But having done everything right...
Friday of 
Week 22 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 4:1-6 & Lk. 5:33-39
Our modern world lays great importance on status and titles but Saint Paul showed himself to be a true follower of Jesus - by his lack of concern for how others viewed him. How he wanted to be known...
Saturday of 
Week 22 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 4:6-15 & Lk 6:1-5
It was natural for Saint Paul to take an interest in the Church at Corinth for the Christians there were his converts. He had spent some time with them, teaching them all that he himself had learnt...
Monday of 
Week 23 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 5:1-8 & Lk. 6:6-11
Immoral behaviour was condemned by Saint Paul in very harsh language. He had learnt that a member of the Church was openly living with his stepmother, an incestuous relationship forbidden even in...
Tuesday of 
Week 23 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 6:1-11 & Lk. 5:12-19
A difficulty among his Corinthian converts is dealt with by Saint Paul in today's First Reading. He is not at all happy to witness Christians having recourse to the civil authorities. Such matters...
Wednesday of 
Week 23 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 7:25-31& Lk. 6:20-26
The portion of Saint Paul's letter to the Christians at Corinth which is in today's liturgy makes very strange reading. From this some people have gained the impression that he had little time for...
Thursday of 
Week 23 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor. 8:1-7, 11-13 & Lk. 6:27-38
The first century Church at Corinth was struggling to establish itself in a predominantly pagan environment. Animals were sacrificed to pagan gods, and afterwards the meat was consumed at temple...