Homily Archive

Sunday of 
Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Jn. 1:35-42
In an American television commercial was a man of very ordinary appearance. He said, 'Hello, you don’t know me. My named is Arthur Newman. I am Paul Newman’s brother.' He then explained that...
Sunday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Neh. 8:2-6, 8-10; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21
How many of us know how to read the Bible, or even listen to the readings? Two of our Scripture passages today address this very issue. The reading from Nehemiah tells of a time when Ezra, the...
Sunday of 
Week 4 in Ordinary Time
2 Chron. 36:14-16,19-23; Eph. 2:4-10 & Mk. 1:21-28
People were profoundly affected both by the things Jesus said and the way that He said them. In today's Gospel Mark deals with the reaction of His listeners. Most of the people were favourably...
Sunday of 
Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Jonah 3:1-5,10, 1 Cor. 7:29-31 & Mk. 1:14-21
Robert Louis Stevenson one Sunday made this entry in his diary, "Went to Church this morning, and strange to say, I was not greatly depressed." Wherever did some people get the notion that religion...
Sunday of 
Week 5 in Ordinary Time
Job. 7:1-4,6-7; 1 Cor. 9:16-19, 22-23 & Mk.1:29-39
How much time do we spend alone with God in prayer? This question is prompted by today's Gospel which gives us a sample of how He spent a Sabbath day. He attended the synagogue to worship God and...
Sunday of 
Week 6 in Ordinary Time
Lev. 13:1-2, 44-46; 1Cor. 10:31-11:1 & Mk. 1:40-45
Can you keep a secret? Even something dramatic, unusual and exciting? Most of us can hardly resist the temptation to tell someone! Do we sympathize then with the man in today's Gospel reading? He...
Sunday of 
Week 2 in Lent
Mk. 9:2-10
Among the indelible memories I treasure of the Holy Land is my first visit to Mount Tabor one evening when the sun was setting and the sky was aglow in red. I could almost see Peter there saying to...
Sunday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Jn. 3:14-21
Does God love our world? Every saint would say yes. But put that question to parents who have lost a child in a fire and they would probably pose another even more basic question. Is there a loving...
Sunday of 
Holy Week in Lent
Mark 11:1-10 & Mark 14:1-15,47
There is a stark difference In today's two readings from Saint Mark: what happened that Jesus went from being hailed a King to the chants of "crucify Him" within just a few days? It is the story of...
Sunday of 
Week 1 in Lent
Mk. 1:12-15
Jesus at the outset of His public ministry spent 40 days in the wilderness struggling with the big questions of who He was, why He was here and what He would do with His life. Had we been there we...
Monday of 
Week 4 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 11:32-40 & Mk. 5:1-20
One purpose of the Letter to the Hebrews was to put new heart into a community of Christians whose first fervour had cooled. Spiritual lethargy had set in, so the author reminded them of the heroes...
Tuesday of 
Week 4 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 12:1-4 & Mk. 5:21-43
All the men and women of faith who have gone before us and who remained true to God are models of encouragement and hope. By their lives and often by their martyrdom, they display their dedication to...
Wednesday of 
Week 4 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 12:4-7, 11-15 & Mk. 6:1-6
Why does God allow suffering? He is not some ogre who delights in seeing His creatures in pain and misery. He is good and loving, so in His plan suffering must have some higher purpose. In relation...
Thursday of 
Week 4 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 12:18-19, 21-24 & Mk. 6:7-13
The making of the two covenants between God and humankind are among the most dramatic moments in recorded history. But they could not have been more different. When Moses went up the mountain to...
Friday of 
Week 4 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 13:1-8 & Mk. 6:14-29
John the Baptist was a man with a mission. His whole life was completely absorbed around the person of Jesus Christ. His vocation in life was to point Jesus out to others. In fact it is hard to think...
Saturday of 
Week 4 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 13:15-17, 20-21 & Mk. 6:30-34
On returning from a missionary journey, Jesus said to His apostles, “You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while.” He was eager for them to enjoy physical rest,...
Monday of 
Week 5 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 1:1-19 & Mk. 6:53-65
Today we begin reading the beautiful poetic account of creation. The purpose of the inspired author, who is thought to be Moses, was not to present a scientific explanation of the origin of the...
Tuesday of 
Week 5 in Ordinary Time
Gen.1:20-24 & Mk 7:1-13
Modern scientific knowledge gives us some idea of the vastness of our Universe in which we can seem rather insignificant creatures. But the book of Genesis tells us a different story. It says that...
Wednesday of 
Week 5 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 2:4-9, 15-17 & Mk. 7:14-23
When God created the world He gave people a special power setting them apart from all other creatures. That power is freedom. Unlike animals we are not completely controlled by instinct. A hungry...
Thursday of 
Week 5 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 2:18-25 & Mk. 7:24-30
Marriage should be a lasting relationship between one man and one woman, and that within marriage sex should find its fulfilment. This is what God intended as evident in the reading from Genesis...
Friday of 
Week 5 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 3:1-8 & Mk. 7:31-37
The origin of sin in our world is presented in Genesis in symbolic language. The serpent stands for Satan, the source of all temptations. The man and woman, symbolic of the entire human race, are not...
Saturday of 
Week 5 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 3:9-24 & Mk 8:1-10
Human nature never changes! When God asked Adam if he had eaten from the tree from which he was forbidden, Adam was quick with his excuse, "Don't blame me, blame the woman you gave me.” When Eve...
Monday of 
Week 6 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 4:1-15, 25 & Mk 8:11-13
Cain and Abel were the first two sons of Adam and Eve. We are not given the reason but Cain's sacrifice to God, from the produce of the land, did not please God whereas Abel's, the first born of his...
Tuesday of 
Week 6 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10 & Mk. 8:14-21
People often use the phrases that the wicked are not punished and they get away with murder. At times it may appear like this but the sayings are not true. In yesterday’s reading we saw how God...
Wednesday of 
Week 6 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 8:6-13, 20-22 & Mk.8:22-26
Without water there can be no life on our planet. But from the story of Noah we witness its devastating effects. The story reveals that only God can control water and when it oversteps its bounds He...