Homily Archive

5 January | 
Christmastide
1 Jn. 3:11-21 & Jn. 1:43-45
From the beginning when our first parents lived in harmony loving each other came naturally. Once sin entered our world that harmony was destroyed. Instead of being filled with love and concern for...
6 January | 
Christmastide
1 Jn.5:5-13 & Mk.1:6-13
There have been ambitious men who have wanted to rule the world. Immediately there comes to mind the names of Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus, Napoleon and Hitler. “Who can overcome the...
7 January | 
Christmastide
Jn. 3:22-4:6 & Mt. 4:12-17, 23-25
“There are many false prophets, now in the world.” This was John’s warning to Christians of his own time, and it is still true today. People are searching for meaning and guidance in their...
8 January | 
Christmastide
1 Jn. 4:7-10 & Mk. 8:34-44
No miracle seems to have made more of an impression on Jesus’ disciples than when he multiplied loaves and fishes and fed a multitude, for this is the only miracle that is related in all the four...
9 January | 
Christmastide
Jn. 4:11-18 & Mk. 6:45-52
We can sympathize with the apostles for being afraid. It was dark and they were in a boat in the middle of a stormy lake, and then they saw what looked like a ghost walking over the water. But of...
10 January | 
Christmastide
1 Jn. 4:19-5:4 & Lk. 4:14-22
The people of Nazareth had been waiting with great excitement for Jesus to return to His home town. When He stood up and spoke to them in their synagogue they were delighted with His words because...
Epiphany | 
Christmastide
Mt. 2:1-12
People who write biographies like to find in the childhood of their subject some event that symbolizes what that person ultimately became. Today's Gospel reading tells of such an event in the early...
Monday of 
Week 1 in Ordinary Time
Hebrews 1:1-6 & Mk. 1:14-20
Who wrote the letter to the Hebrews? It used to be thought that it was St. Paul's fourteenth epistle. But some modern Scripture scholars are convinced he did not write it, and we just don’t know...
Tuesday of 
Week 1 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 2:5-12 & Mk. 1:21-28
Some forms of life are higher than others … God is higher than the angels and they are higher than humanity. But I once knew someone, an eccentric poet, who was convinced that cats were superior to...
Wednesday of 
Week 1 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 2:14-18 & Mk. 1:29-39
One of the most beautiful truths of our faith is that the eternal divine Son of God became a human like us in all things but sin, because it was men and women and not angels that Jesus wanted to...
Thursday of 
Week 1 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 3:7-14 & Mk. 1:40-45
Today’s first reading quotes Psalm 95 with its warning to us not to be like those Jews in the wilderness who were disgruntled with God because of their hunger and thirst. But He had worked wonders...
Friday of 
Week 1 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 4:1-5, 11 & Mk.2:1-12
What sad words they are in the first reading, “I swore that not one would reach the place of rest I had for them.” God is speaking about those Jews in the wilderness who had been freed from the...
Saturday of 
Week 1 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 4:12-16 & Mk.2:13-17
The Letter to the Hebrews has its own unique way in praising the word of God. It writes “the word of the God is something alive and active; it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely.”...
Monday of 
Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 5:1-10 & Mk. 2:18-22
A priest is called to be a mediator between God and humanity. He is a bridge which spans the gap between God and us. Jesus Christ is our priest, our bridge with God. The unknown writer of the first...
Tuesday of 
Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 6:10-20 & Mk.2:23-28
When speaking about the virtue of hope, hope in the promises of God, the author of today’s first reading uses a nautical comparison, an anchor. Not one dropped from a ship to be lodged firmly in...
Wednesday of 
Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 7:1-3, 15-17 & Mk. 3:1-6
Among the Israelites the priesthood was hereditary. A man became a priest by being a descendent of Levi, and when he died the priesthood was passed on to his sons. Melchizedek was an exception. That...
Thursday of 
Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 7:25-8:6 & Mk. 3:7-12
How comforting are these words, “The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain.” Why is this so? “Since He is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through Him.” These are the...
Friday of 
Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 7:25-8:6 & Mk. 3:7-12
On two occasions God entered into a covenant with His people in a binding agreement based not solely on law but on love. Through Moses as mediator God made a covenant with His chosen people. He...
Saturday of 
Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 9:2-3, 11-14 & Mk. 3:20-21
When the priests of the Old Testament offered atonement to God it was an imperfect sacrifice. They could not offer themselves – that would have been suicide – so they sacrificed animals as...
Monday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 9:15, 24-28 & Mk. 3: 22-30
God is not limited by time. He has no past and no future. All is present for God. We cannot travel back in time, but God can make past events present to us today. In the Mass God uses His almighty...
Tuesday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 10:1-10 & Mk. 3:31-35
We are called in every Mass to express our love for God through gift giving. We do not offer God flowers, however beautiful, nor gold however precious. We do not offer God merely bread and wine, but...
Wednesday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 10:11-18 & Mk. 4:1-20
Jesus sacrificed Himself to death on the Cross to achieve the forgiveness of sin. He shed His Blood for everyone. But people must be ready to ask and to receive that forgiveness. Offerings made by...
Thursday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 10:19-25 & Mk. 4:21-25
We have our own soul to save, but in getting to Heaven we have others who help us and we too, please God, will help others to get there. In this way the Church is essentially a community and we have...
Friday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 10:32-39 & Mk. 4:26-34
Looking back over our lives we can all remember difficult times when life was almost unbearable. Yet, years later it is hard to recall in detail how trying things were. If the results made it all...
Saturday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 11:1-2, 8-19 & Mk. 4:35-41
Most little children have complete faith and trust in their parents. They turn to them for their every need believing they can do anything, from soothing a pain to mending a toy. They live life with...