Homily Archive

Tuesday of 
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 32:23-33 & Mt. 9:32-38
To prevent his son Jacob from marrying a Canaanite woman, Isaac sent him off to Mesopotamia to find a wife. Today's reading omits his adventures there and takes up the narrative with him on his way...
Wednesday of 
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 41:55-57, 42:5-7, 17-24 & Mt. 10:1-7
The story of Joseph in the Old Testament shows us how God guides the course of human events despite the evil intentions of some people. Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery and was taken to...
Thursday of 
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5 & Mt. 10:7-15
Faced with famine Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to look for food. Their brother Joseph whom they had sold into slavery had risen to prominence there. In today's reading from Genesis we see how Joseph...
Friday of 
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
Gen. 46:1-7, 28-30 & Mt. 10:16-23
The story of Joseph reveals God's plan at work in today's first reading. When Jacob realised that his son was still alive he set out for Egypt despite his advance age to see him again. It was a...
Saturday of 
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
Gen 49:29-33, 50:15-25 & Mt. 10:24-33
The magnificent story of Joseph has a happy ending. He saves his family from starvation and his father, who presumed he was dead, had the happiness of seeing his son again. The subject of today's...
Monday of 
Week 15 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 1:8-14, 22 & Mt. 10:34-11.1
Today we begin reading the book of Exodus from the Old Testament which describes the providential events that form the foundation of Israel as God's chosen people. Why is the Church so attached to...
Tuesday of 
Week 15 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 2:1-15 & Mt. 11:20-24
God had a plan for the Hebrews. They were to be freed from the tyranny of Pharaoh and their leader was to be Moses. Pharaoh wanted to destroy the Hebrew race and he had decreed that all male babies...
Wednesday of 
Week 15 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 3:1-6, 9-12 & Mt. 11:25-27
Throughout history God has always called people - both saints and sinners - to act on His behalf. They include the youthful Samuel to do a great work in Israel; Isaiah to speak a word of truth to...
Thursday of 
Week 15 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 3:13-20 & Mt. 11:28-30
There is something special in a name. There is a certain intimacy in calling someone by their first name. It is virtually impossible to feel close to a person if you do not know their name. God...
Friday of 
Week 15 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 11:10-12, 14 & Mt. 12:1-8
The origin and meaning of the feast of the Passover is explained in today's first reading. This feast was to become a yearly celebration of Israel's deliverance from the slavery of Egypt. As the...
Saturday of 
Week 15 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 12:37-42 & Mt. 12:14-21
The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years, latterly in slavery, and although God had a plan to free them He was very patient in carrying it out. How often can we not see what God’s plan is in...
Monday of 
Week 16 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 14:5-18 & Mt. 12:38-42
There are some people in this world who are never satisfied. In a sense the Israelites mentioned in today's first reading were like that. After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, God was leading them...
Tuesday of 
Week 16 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 14: 21-1 5; 1 & Mt. 12: 46-50
Today's first reading always reminds me of the wonderful way in which the lsraelites’ crossing of the Red Sea was portrayed in the 'Ten Commandments' epic film. Those lsraelites who escaped must...
Wednesday of 
Week 16 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 16:1-5, 9-15 & Mt. 13:1-9
Ex. 16:1-5, 9-15 & Mt. 13:1-9 God our loving Father continually cares for His people and He responds to human need. Even if a 'natural' explanation can be offered for the presence of the manna...
Thursday of 
Week 16 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20 & Mt. 13:1-17
God is everywhere yet He is hidden from us. There seems to be a barrier between Him and us which prevents communication. Is this because He deliberately conceals Himself, or is it that we are...
Friday of 
Week 16 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 20:1-7 & Mt. 13:18-23
There are different ways to receive God's word - joyfully and fruitfully, or with indifference, resentment and frustration. Sadly we can even just reject it. That is the meaning of today's Gospel...
Saturday of 
Week 16 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 24:3-8 & Mt. 13: 24-30
We see how God ratified His covenant with His people in today's first reading. It was sealed when Moses sprinkled the blood of the sacrificed animals, on the altar which represented God, and then on...
Monday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 32:15-24, 30-34 & Mt. 13:31-35
The lsraelites had just concluded a covenant of love with God when Moses left them for a short time to commune with God and to receive the tablets of the law. But in that short time the people...
Tuesday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 33:7-11; 34:5-9 & Mt. 13:36-43
Some people have read the Bible and come to the conclusion that the God of the Old Testament is a God of judgement, always ready to pounce on you if you do not toe the line. But the God of the New...
Wednesday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 34:29-35 & Mt. 13:44-46
Having spent 40 days in the presence of God Moses left Him to meet his people - his face so radiant that they could not bear to look at him. Sometimes when two people are deeply in love, their love...
Thursday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Ex. 40:16-21, 34-38 & Mt. 13:47-53
People who love each other very much find parting, even if for a short time, very painful. When they have to leave they keep something, perhaps a photo, as a memento to remind themselves of the one...
Friday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Lev. 23:1:4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37 & Mt. 13:54-58
A summary of the liturgical year observed by the Chosen People is given in today's first reading. Feasts were established so that the Israelites might never forget the great events of their history...
Saturday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
Lev. 25:1, 8-17 & Mt. 14:1-12
According to the Law of Moses, as described in today's first reading, the lsraelites were to set aside every seventh year as a Sabbath year, a year of rest when the land was to lie fallow, with no...
Monday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Numb. 11:1-15 & Mt.14:13-21
Did the Apostles believe Jesus had the power to feed this large crowd of people who followed Him and were hungry? He was testing them in today's Gospel reading and they had forgotten what He could...
Tuesday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Num. 12:12:1-13 & Mt. 14:22-36
Were Aaron and Miriam jealous of Moses when they said, “Has the Lord spoken to Moses only?” In this incident a virtue of Moses is mentioned – “Now Moses was the most humble of men, the...