Homily Archive

Wednesday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Num. 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35 & Mt. 15:21-28
The lsraelites found it tough in the wilderness. Their past should have told them that their God really cared for them. They had been slaves in Egypt where life was unbearable but with extraordinary...
Thursday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Num. 20:1-13 & Mt. 16:13-23
If ever we have experienced real thirst we can appreciate how the lsraelites felt without water, especially in the desert, until God miraculously produced some from a rock and they survived....
Friday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Deut. 4:32-40 & Mt. 16:24-28
We must lose our life for Jesus' sake in order to save it and thus never experience death, Saint Matthew tells us in today's Gospel reading. For each of us this can be achieved, in part, by how we...
Saturday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Deut. 6:4-13 & Mt. 17:14-20
There is a familiar ring to the words in today's first reading about loving God with one's whole being. This is because Jesus quotes those very words in the Gospel. These words formed part of a...
Monday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Deut. 10:12-22 & Mt. 17:22-27
Through Moses God is making an appeal to His people. He wants them to be like Himself. As He was dedicated to them, so they were to be dedicated to Him. As He had freed them when they were aliens in...
Tuesday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Deut. 31:1-8 & Mt. 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
There is a certain sadness about today's first reading. Moses had been the great hero of His people. He had resisted Pharaoh to his face, demanding the release of the people in the name of God. He...
Wednesday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Deut. 34:1-12 & Mt. 18:15-20
Moses was soon to leave the world. With God's guidance he had led the lsraelites out of slavery and within sight of the Promised Land. Now his task was finished and in today's first reading he handed...
Thursday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17 & Mt. 18:21-19:1
The power and the forgiveness of God are demonstrated in today's two readings. Is it possible to take a group of weak and simple people, devoid of weapons and other resources, and lead them from...
Friday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Joshua 24:1-13 & Mt. 19:3-12
Some Pharisees attempt to test Jesus by asking Him whether it is lawful or not to divorce, in today's Gospel reading. His answer to them amazes His disciples as well. The teaching on the...
Saturday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Joshua 24:14-29 & Mt. 19:13-15
Just before his death Joshua gathered the people of Israel together to renew their covenant with the Lord. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" he said. They followed his...
Monday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Judges 2:11-19 & Matthew 19:16-22
Of all the peoples in the world God chose the Israelites and set them apart to be His very own nation. How could they ever be so ungrateful to turn away from Him and worship alien gods? Their history...
Tuesday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Judges 6:11-24 & Mt. 19:23-30
A second-generation Israelite in the Promised Land had not grown up under Moses or Joshua, nor witnessed God’s power in parting the Red Sea or giving the people manna in the desert. These works of...
Wednesday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Judges 9:6-15 & Mt. 20:1-16
Today's first reading is very mysterious. What are we to make of Jotham’s parable of the thorn bush? Abimelech and Jotham were sons of Gideon, who was one of God’s great warriors. Abimelech...
Thursday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Judges 11:29-39 & Mt. 22:1-14
Today’s first reading is one of the most shocking in all the Bible. Jephthah, chosen by God to rescue the lsraelites from the attacks of the Ammonites, made a vow, the result of which was far...
Friday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Ruth 1:1,3-6,14-16,22 & Mt. 22:34-40
Why is the small book of Ruth included in the Bible? The simple answer has to be that it is because she was the great-grand mother of King David and, therefore, was one of Jesus'...
Sunday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
Mk. 4:26-34
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God.” Jesus begins today's Gospel with these words. And how do we define the kingdom of God? It is that society on Earth where God’s will is done as...
Saturday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17 & Mt. 23:1-12
Ruth and her touching declaration to Naomi that resulted, in time, in her becoming the great grandmother of King David, from whose family line was born in Bethlehem our Saviour, Jesus Christ. For...
Sunday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Job. 38:1,8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14-17 & Mk. 4:35-41
Storms are a familiar phenomena of God’s creation in which the forces of nature are unleashed onto an often unsuspecting neighbourhood. To be caught unawares in a storm while at sea is...
Sunday of 
Week 17 in Ordinary Time
John 6:1-15
In a TV commercial a woman was asked, 'What is the worst four-letter word your child uses.' Her response was 'can't' … 'I can't spell. I can't do maths.' One of the worst four-letter words a...
Sunday of 
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
Jn. 6:24-35
People whom Jesus had miraculously fed with five loaves and two fish came to Him with false expectations. Here was a man, they thought, to meet their material needs. Saint John tells us that as a...
Sunday of 
Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Jn. 6:41-51
Across the centuries Christ has been worshipped and served as the virgin-born Son of God. He is unique, and so very different from us. In all of history there has never been, and will never be,...
Sunday of 
Week 20 in Ordinary Time
Jn. 6:51-58
Some people have dreamed about finding the secret of living forever. When we are at our best, with minds at their sharpest and our hopes highest, we might long for immortality. In those hours, there...
Sunday of 
Week 21 in Ordinary Time
Jn. 6:60-69
A group of people came to a fork in the road in today's Gospel reading - and headed in different directions. That fork in the road was Christ and only some of them decided to go with Him. Christ is...
Sunday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
Mk. 3:20-35
Jesus' enemies accused Him of being possessed by Beelzebub and casting out devils through the power of Satan. It is unbelievable how anyone could deny the nobility of Jesus' work! He was meeting...
Sunday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
Mk. 4:26-34
The blacks in the U.S.A. gained their emancipation in 1864, but it wasn't until 1964, a hundred years later that an act was passed giving them the same civil tights as whites. Between those hundred...