Homily Archive

Are You Happy?
Cycle I
Monday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 1:1-7 and Mt. 5:1-12
There was an occasion when one wife said to another, 'You are so fortunate. You have a great marriage. Does your husband make you happy?' She replied, “No. The fact that I am happy or not doesn’t...
Think Positive!
Cycle I
Tuesday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 1: 8-22 & Mt. 5:13-16
In my time as a priest I have received several people into the faith. I have found what they like about the Catholic Church is its positiveness. Its teaching is clear, unequivocal, definite and...
Wednesday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 3:4-11 & Mt. 5:17-19
“The written letters bring death, but the Spirit gives life.” In these words Saint Paul is contrasting the New and the Old Law: he has just left Judaism where almost everything he did was...
Remove The Veil
Cycle I
Thursday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 3:15-4; 1, 3-6 & Mt. 5:20-26
When Saint Paul spoke of the veil between Moses and the people he was referring to an incident which was well-known and understood by the Jews. Moses was very close to God, spending a great deal of...
Friday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 4:7-15 & Mt. 5:27-32
After his conversion Saint Paul lived a very difficult and challenging life. Called by God to preach the Gospel he met much opposition and was disclaimed as a fake by some. It was a bitter pill for...
Saturday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 5:14-21 & Mt. 3:33-37
The swearing of oaths begins in childhood when children make a pledge and promise to keep it on pain to themselves. 'Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye' is one of them. The...
Monday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 6:1-10 & Mt. 5:38-42
Saint Paul describes what God’s workers, like himself, might expect in times of hardship, suffering and distress – being flogged, imprisoned, starved. They must face these afflictions with great...
Tuesday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 8: 1-9 & Mt 5: 43-48
The Christians in Jerusalem needed help. Paul praised the generosity of the Macedonians who gave far beyond their means in response to his appeal. He mentioned this to the more wealthy Corinthians...
Wednesday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 9:6-11 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18
In living our Christianity Jesus does not want us to play to an audience. We should not have the motive of drawing people to ourselves who admire and applaud the good we do. The Christian life is not...
Thursday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 11:1-11 & Mt. 6: 7-15
Paul considers the church at Corinth to be a chaste virgin espoused to Christ yet in danger of being seduced by a false gospel. He also defends himself against the charge of being a financial burden...
Friday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 11:18, 21-30 & Mt.6:19-23
It appears that others were trying to rival Saint Paul in Corinth and were boasting about their accomplishments. He had to speak up for himself and, but for this, we would never have known about his...
Saturday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 11:18, 21-30 & Mt. 6:24-34
False prophets were leading the Corinthians astray. This meant that Saint Paul had to defend himself and try to win them back to the truth. They claimed to have the same authority and power that he...
Monday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 12:1-9 & Mt. 7:1-5
How would you feel if you were asked to leave your home, uproot yourself from your own country and set out on a journey to an unknown destination? You might feel excited at facing a new challenge, or...
Tuesday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 13:2, 5-18 & Mt. 7:6,12-14
Some people make it their rule of life to look after number one because, as they will tell you, if they don't then nobody else will. Abraham was not of that mind. When his herdsmen and those of his...
Wednesday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 15:1-12,17-18 & Mt. 7:15-20
If there is anything in particular that we look for in human relationships, it is trustworthiness. Without this there can be no relationships at all. We want to be able to depend on a friend's word....
Thursday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 16:1-12, 15-16 & Mt. 7:21-29
Sometimes it's difficult to believe good news. We are so accustomed to disappointments and deceptions that when something wonderful is promised to us we react with a certain amount of scepticism. If...
Friday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 & Mt. 8:1-4
People who knew Abraham were amazed to see him swell with pride in looking at an infant born to him when he was 99 years old. They were even more amazed to know that Sarah his wife, aged 90, had...
Saturday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 18: 1-15 & Mt. 8:5-11
The story of Abraham greeting three strangers who are out in the scorching noon heat of the desert has given endless interest to preachers and artists. Did the three strangers represent the Trinity...
Monday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 18:16-33 & Mt. 8:18-22
The city of Sodom, God had determined, was to be destroyed because of its wickedness. The inhabitants were notorious for their homosexual behaviour. Ever since the name of the city has given its...
Tuesday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 19:15-29 & Mt. 8:23-27
Divine justice demanded that the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah be destroyed. But because of His great love for Abraham, God spared his nephew, Lot, and his family until his wife disobeyed God's...
Wednesday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Gen 21:5, 8-20 & Mt. 8:28-34
We hear so much today of nationalism and ethnic cleansing. The Jews, like many a nation, had great national pride. They were proud to be the descendants of Abraham and, for the most part, because...
Thursday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 22:1-19 & Mt. 9:1-8
We are children of Abraham. That is why, In the Eucharistic Prayer, we refer to him as “our father in faith”. For him faith meant much more than believing that there is a God - it meant turning...
Friday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 23:1-4, 19: 24:1-8, 62-67 & Mt. 9:9-13
Mourning the death of his wife, Abraham knew that he was soon to follow her. He also believed that God's plan of making him the father of a great nation would be carried on through his son. That is...
Saturday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 27:1-5, 15-29 & Mt. 9:14-17
Taking advantage of his father’s blindness and with the connivance of Rebekah, his mother, Jacob deceived the old man. He was his mother’s favourite child and she was ready to cheat her elder son...
Monday of 
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 28:10-22 & Mt. 9:18-26
Having deceived his father into giving him the blessing his brother should have received Jacob left home, because of the trouble he had caused in the family, and now his life was in danger. He...