Homily Archive

Wednesday of 
Week 3 in Advent
Is. 45:6-8, 18, 21-26 & Lk.7:19-23
“I am the Lord unrivalled, There is no other god beside Me, A God of integrity and a saviour; There is no other apart from Me. Turn to Me and be saved.” No other but a loving God is making this...
Thursday of 
Week 3 in Advent
Is. 54:1-10 & Lk. 7:24-30
The reading from Isaiah is meant to encourage us. Life may have been grim. Imagine the pain of a woman who longs for children but cannot conceive or a woman who has been deserted by her husband...
Friday of 
Week 3 in Advent
Is. 56: 1-3, 6-8 & Jn. 5:33-36
The Prophet Isaiah has welcome words for those who do not belong to the Jewish race. He tells them that God rejects no one so long as that person will accept Him. “Foreigners who have attached...
Sunday of 
Week 4 in Advent
Lk. 1:26-38
The sweetest words that sinful men and women could hope to hear are recorded in today’s Gospel, when the archangel Gabriel announced to the virgin Mary that she was to have a baby boy, and told her...
17 December | 
Gen. 49:2, 8-10 & Mt. 1:1-17
Many people are interested in tracing their roots and learning something of their ancestry. Most of us would like to know where we came from and what factors conspired to make us who we are. Our...
18 December | 
Jer. 23:5-8 & Mt. 1:18-25
Jeremiah is prophesying that we will have a king, a righteous shoot of David, who will reign and govern us wisely. Jesus Christ is the Messiah-King who not only guides us in our lives, but also gives...
19 December | 
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 & Lk. 1:5-25
The birth of Samson, like John the Baptist’s, was announced by an angel. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew the sorrow of being childless. In the society in which they lived, children were regarded as a...
20 December | 
Is. 7:10-14 & Lk. 1:26-38
Through Isaiah we have that wonderful prophecy of Mary and the coming of our Messiah, “The Maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name which means...
21 December | 
Zeph. 3:14-18 & Lk. 1:39-45
Two pregnant women greeted each other in the hill country of Judea. Almost no one noticed or cared. At that moment big events dominated. Augustus was Caesar in Rome. His very name means majestic. His...
22 December | 
1 Sam. 1:24-28 & Lk. 1:46-56
In today’s first reading we see how grateful Hannah is to God for Samuel’s birth. She offers a sacrifice in thanksgiving. Almost everyone young and old remembers and loves the story of...
23 December | 
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24 & Lk. 1:57-66
Elizabeth’s and Zechariah’s relatives and neighbours at the end of the naming ceremony of their son John asked the question, “What shall this child be?” We of course know the answer. The...
Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord | 
2 Sam. 7:1-5,8-12,14,16 & Lk. 1:67-79
Does the proclamation of the Gospel fill you with joy and hope? When the Lord comes to redeem us He will fill us with His Holy Spirit, the source of our joy and hope in the promises of God. When...
Nativity of the Lord | 
Isa 9:1-7 & Luke 2:1-14
When doing some Christmas shopping I overheard a conversation between two ladies which made me stop to think. One lady said, 'I'm fed up with Christmas!' Her friend replied, 'Well, it's only for...
St Stephen | 
Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 & Mt. 10:17-22
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Remarkably this was the prayer of St. Stephen as he was being stoned to death. But as we know forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do. How...
St John | 
1 Jn. 3:1-4 & Jn. 20:2-8
The great St. John, whose feast we keep today, wrote his Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. He died an old man in 101 having been saved from a violent martyrdom. “God is love and anyone...
Holy Family | 
Luke 2:41-52
Growing up is never easy for anyone. A happy and stable background helps immeasurably. And at school the understanding and encouragement of teachers is vital. But maturity is not guaranteed by the...
Holy Innocents | 
1 Jn. 5:5-2:2 & Mt. 2:13-15
Herod was a cruel, ruthless and selfish king. He would let no one interfere with his plans. He was a past master at the art of assassination. As soon as he had come to the throne he began to...
St Thomas Becket | 
Jn. 2:3-11 & Luke 2:22-35
Once again in today’s first reading John touches on the subject of love. “Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light.” When we have learned to control our tongue, to repay good for...
30 December | 
Jn. 2:12-17 & Luke 2:36-40
In the first reading today John praises three groups - children, fathers and young men - in their various stages of holiness. He appeals to them to forsake the sinful inclinations that the world has...
31 December | 
1 Jn. 2:18-21 & Jn. 1:1-18
Nearly 2,000 years ago John, the Beloved Apostle of Jesus, referred to his days as “the last days” reminding us that one day will be, indeed, the last day, and then a new Earth and Heaven will...
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God | 
I wish each one of you a very Happy and Holy New Year on the day when we celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of God. We know that God is everything, and that everything else compared to Him is...
Immaculate Conception | 
Had there been no Mary, there would have been no Jesus. In God’s economy of salvation she was so important to Him and us. Our first parents sinned and had closed the gates of Heaven from us. The...
2 January | 
1 Jn. 2:22-28 & Jn. 1:19-28
John the Apostle is very protective of his converts. He assures them that they have been anointed and need no one to teach them anything. They must keep alive what they have learned. He warns them...
3 January | 
Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus is a Franciscan devotion and its most prominent, champion is St. Bernardine of Siena, who preached Missions and Retreats all over Italy to promote it in the...
4 January | 
Jn. 3:7-10 and Jn. 1:35-42
When Christ calls us to follow Him, He invites us to make a fresh start, a new life. John the Baptist came to persuade the people of Israel to prepare for this new beginning. He gathered around him a...