Homily Archive

Saturday of 
Week 31 in Ordinary Time
Rom. 16:3-9, 16 22-27 & Lk. 16:9-15
When someone of dignity or authority calls you by your first name you may feel honoured. In concluding his great letter to the Romans, Saint Paul mentions some of the Christians individually. You can...
Monday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 1:1-7 & LK. 17:1-6
The Book of Wisdom, which we begin reading today, was written 100 years before Christ in Alexandria, in Egypt, where there was a large Jewish population. Its purpose was to encourage a people who had...
Tuesday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 2:23-3:9 & Lk. 17:7-10
People today say, 'Being faithful to God can be so very hard - is it really worth the effort?' But believers have been struggling with this issue for thousands of years. They included the first...
Wednesday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 6:1-11 & Lk. 17:11-19
All authority comes from God. All men and women who wield it will one day stand before His throne and account for how they used the authority He gave them. Parents and priests, bosses and even...
Thursday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 7:22-8:1 & Lk. 17:20-25
Today’s first reading is the very heart of the Book of Wisdom: the list of qualities that characterise godly wisdom is impressive. Some of them even seem to describe God Himself. This shows that...
Friday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 13:1-9 & Luke 17:26-37
The author of the Book of Wisdom talks about the stupidity of those who have not known God and, from the things He has created, have not been able to discover Him. Sadly, they worship the stars and...
Saturday of 
Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 & Lk. 18:1-8
Today's reading from the book of Wisdom was very precious to the Israelites for it recalled God’s care for His people when He delivered them from Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The angel of death came...
Monday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
1 Macc. 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64 & LK. 18:35-43
The Books of Maccabees deal with a clash of cultures between Jews and Gentiles about 175 years before Christ. They describe how the Jewish people overcame a devastating persecution, and regained the...
Tuesday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
Macc. 6:18-31 & Lk. 19:1-10
There is a real hero in today's first reading. Eleazar is a model of religious courage, looked upon with contempt by his persecutors. Although old and frail he possessed a deep inner strength. The...
Wednesday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
2 Mac. 7:1, 20-31 & Lk. 19:11-28
Rather than violate his conscience or give poor example to the young, the 90 year old Eleazer accepted death in yesterday's reading. Today the scene switches to the young, and they prove themselves...
Friday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
1 Macc. 4:36-37, 52-59 & Lk. 19:45-48
The rededication of the Temple, after Judas Maccabeus recaptured it from the king who had desecrated it, is recounted in today's first reading. The celebrations went on for eight days. This is the...
Monday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Dan. 1:1-6, 8-20 & Lk. 21:1-4
The Book of Daniel is about Jewish people in a foreign land and how they kept faith. The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, was a powerful leader and a great general. When he conquered a country, he...
Tuesday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Dan. 2:31-45 & Lk. 21:5-11
King Nebuchadnezzar has a vision of a huge idol with a head of gold, chest of silver, belly of bronze, legs of iron and feet of clay – and a stone hurtles towards it and smashes the idol to...
Wednesday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Dan. 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 & Lk. 21:12-19
Today's episode from the Book of Daniel tells about King Belshazzar's feast in which he used the Temple vessels and thereby desecrated them. In the course of the feast the words “Mene, Tekel,...
Thursday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Dan. 6:12-18 & Lk. 21:20-28
We think of God as a loving Father who cares for all His children. What then are we to make of today's readings? Are we wondering, 'How can God love His children if He treats them so...
Friday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Dan. 7:2-14 & Lk. 21:29-33
Four beasts emerge from the sea in the vision of Daniel in today's first reading. The lion, bear and leopard represent empires that dominated Israel; the fourth beast was an empire yet to come....
Saturday of 
Week 34 in Ordinary Time
Dan. 7:15-27 & Lk. 21:34-36
Today is the last day of the Church's liturgical year. Tomorrow the season of Advent begins. In the first reading the vision of the four beasts depicted different dynasties whose rulers would...
Saturday of 
Week 33 in Ordinary Time
1 Macc. 6:1-13 & Lk. 20:27-40
Antiochus IV is given much adverse coverage in this Book of Maccabees, for he was a constant menace to the lsraelites. We see him defeated, sick, unable to sleep and facing death in today's reading....