Homily Archive

Thursday of 
Week 6 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 9:1-13 & Mk. 8:27-83
A rainbow appears in the sky when the sun shines and the storm has passed. It was used by God as a symbol of his mercy and love, promising to Noah that never again would all living creatures be...
Friday of 
Week 6 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 11:1-9 & Mk. 8:34-39
Men decided to build a tower which would reach heaven and so make a name for themselves in the First Reading today. But this tower at Babel was done with no reference to God - and the result was...
Saturday of 
Week 6 in Ordinary Time
Heb. 11:1-7 & Mk. 9:2-13
What is faith? It is defined and then illustrated by the lives of three illustrious Old Testament figures in the First Reading today. Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than his brother Cain;...
Monday of 
Week 7 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 1:1-10 & Mk. 8:11-13
The book of Ecclesiasticus was written approximately 200 years before the birth of Christ. Its author Ben Sirach is worried that his fellow Jews were adopting the customs and outlook of pagan Greeks....
Tuesday of 
Week 7 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 2:1-11 & Mk. 9:30-37
Words of practical wisdom are offered by the First Reading's author today. They concern the problem of human suffering. No matter what comes our way we must be patient and endure heavy crosses. We...
Wednesday of 
Week 7 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 2:11-19 & Mk. 9:38-40
The author of Ecclesiasticus instructs his readers to seek wisdom for they will be filled with happiness, inherit honour and be loved and blessed by the Lord - and their life will be secure. Should...
Thursday of 
Week 7 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 5:1-8 & Mk. 9:41-50
There is some very wise advice for us from the author of Ecclesiasticus in the First Reading today. It can be summed up in these few words, “Do not rely on our wealth or upon our strength and when...
Friday of 
Week 7 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 5:5-17 & Mk. 10:1-12
A true and faithful friend is something beyond price. And friendship is the topic of the First Reading today. True friendship should reflect the loving relationship in God, in the three Persons of...
Saturday of 
Week 7 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 17:1-15 & Mk. 10:13-16
Praise of humanity and its unique place in God’s creation is the theme of the First Reading today. He made us in His own image and master of His Creation over every beast and bird. Only man and...
Monday of 
Week 8 in Ordinary Time
Ecclesiasticus 17:24-29; & Mark 10:17-27
Each one of us has one thing in common. We all sin. Every one of us falls short of God's glory in lots of ways. Not even the sacrament of Baptism can erase our tendency to sin. No matter who we...
Presentation of the Lord | 
Ordinary Time
Luke 2:22-40
One day in the temple in Jerusalem an old man named Simeon offered a most unusual prayer. “Now Master You can let Your servant go in peace.” He was telling God he was now ready to die but what is...
Ash Wednesday | 
Lent
Joel 2:12-18; 2 Cor. 5:20-6:2 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18
Are you hungry for God and do you thirst for His holiness? He wants to set our hearts ablaze with the fire of His Holy Spirit that we may share in His holiness - and radiate the joy of the Gospel to...
Saturday of 
Week 4 in Lent
Jer 11:18-10 & Jn. 7:40-53
The readiness of Jeremiah to suffer, as related in today's first reading, fits Jesus perfectly. He too will be a trusting lamb led to slaughter. A scene of unbelievable arrogance and spiritual...
Sunday of 
Week 3 in Eastertide
Acts. 4:8-12; 1 Jn. 3:1-2 & Jn 10:11-18
One of the endearing and popular titles of Jesus is: the Good Shepherd. He it is who oversees and cares for, and sustains the whole community of the Church, like a shepherd tending his flock of...
Tuesday of 
Week 8 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 35:1-12 & Mk. 10:28-31
An exhortation to us to be generous to God when we offer our gifts is the message of today's first reading. We should be cheerful, not stinting in the first fruits we bring, and we are assured that...
Wednesday of 
Week 8 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 36:1, 4-5, 10-17 & Mk.10:32-45
Today's first reading was written around 175 BC during the time of Greek domination in the Middle East. Although the Greeks made a tremendous contribution to culture and knowledge, they did not know...
Thursday of 
Week 8 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 42:15-25 & Mk. 10:46-52
Towards the end of his book of Ecclesiasticus Ben Sira summed up all his considerations on God's wisdom with a long poem praising God for revealing Himself to His creation. He began with a reflection...
Friday of 
Week 8 in Ordinary Time
Ecclus. 44:1, 9-13 & Mk. 11:11-26
By narrating the stories of various Old Testament saints Ben Sira is hoping to move his readers to emulate them in their own lives. Just as the saints of the Old Testament were models for him, so...
Saturday of 
Week 7 in Eastertide
Acts. 28:16-20 & 30-31 Jn. 21:20-25
Jesus has a task for each one of His disciples. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, and allocates the tasks accordingly. Paul, for example, had the gift of eloquent preaching and he was sent to...
Monday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
Tobit 1:3,2:1-8 & Mk. 12:1-12
Today we begin reading from the Book of Tobit, the story of a devout lsraelite family forced to live in exile in the pagan city of Nineveh. The purpose of the Book was to encourage the people of God...
Tuesday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
Tobit 2:9-14 & Mk. 12:13-17
Yesterday we left Tobit sleeping out in the open under the wall of the courtyard of his house. Because of the heat, his face was uncovered. As he slept, he did not realise that there were sparrows...
Wednesday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17 & Mk. 12:18-27
Today Tobit shows his true mettle. Although he had been blinded by a freak accident and his wife had turned against him, he remained faithful to God. "You are just, O Lord, and just are all Your...
Thursday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
Tobit 6:11; 7:1,9-14; 8:4-8 & Mark 12:28-34
To most Catholics the word vocation means a calling to the priesthood or religious life. But there are many other vocations including marriage and the single life. Tobias and Sarah were fortunate for...
Friday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
Tobit 11:5-15 & Mk. 12:35-37
Tobit was blinded by a freak accident. He turned to God in prayer for help. His prayer was to be answered when his son, Tobias, returned from his wedding. He brought back with him, at the direction...
Saturday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
Tobit 12:1,5-15,20 & Mk.12:38-44
It is clear from today's Gospel reading that Jesus was not impressed by the scribes. He could see right through their pretence to their real motives. All that they did was intended to look right in...