Homily Archive

Thy Kingdom Come
Cycle II
Tuesday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
2 Pet. 3:11-15, 17-18 & Mk. 12:13-17
Some people are born worriers and worry about things which are beyond their control. They even worry about when and how the end of the world will occur. They imagine it to be a frightening...
Wednesday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
2 Tim. 1:1-3, 6-12 & Mk. 12:18-27
There is such confidence and conviction in Saint Paul's writings to Timothy - he has no doubts about his credentials and mission. He is convinced that God has appointed him and his mission is to...
Thursday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
2 Tim. 2:8-15 & Mk. 12:28-34
Saint Paul is so sure of his mission and message. His mission is to preach the Good News that "Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David." It is on this account that he has...
Friday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
2 Tim. 3:10-17 & Mk. 12:35-37
"Ever since you were a child you have known the holy scriptures." Could these word of Saint Paul to Timothy be said of you and me? Those of us who belong to the older generation can remember that...
Saturday of 
Week 9 in Ordinary Time
2 Tim. 4:1-8 & Mk. 12:38-44
Preach the word of God with urgency and steadfastness, Saint Paul reminds Timothy in today's first reading. Not only was he to be a teacher but also a guardian to those people in his charge – an...
Monday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 17:1-6 & Mt. 5:1-12
Anyone in the position of Elijah, the prophet, would have felt very insecure. He was called by God to warn Ahab to change his evil ways after marrying Jezebel, a very evil pagan with total influence...
Tuesday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 17:7-16 ; Mt. 5:13-16
What great compliments Jesus paid to His listeners when He called them “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”. Had they ever thought of themselves in such glowing terms? I am...
Wednesday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 18:20-39 & Mt. 5:17-19
Traffic laws have been drawn up for very good reasons, for our safety, for respecting the rights of other drivers as well as our own, and for the welfare of pedestrians. They are the result of common...
Thursday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 18:41-46 & Mt. 5:20-26
"If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not get into the kingdom of Heaven." What did Jesus mean by these words? I am sure the scribes and Pharisees wanted to...
Friday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:9, 11-16 & Mt. 5:27-32
Elijah the prophet thought he was a failure because he was unable to convert his people from idolatry. In his disappointment he yearned to die because God seemed so far away from him. Then the Lord...
Saturday of 
Week 10 in Ordinary Time
Kings 19:19-21 & Mt. 5:33-37
Elijah was a great prophet of the Old Testament and is sometimes presented as representing the essence of prophecy in lsrael. Before his death he was moved by God to appoint Elisha as his successor....
Monday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 21:1-16 & Mt. 5:38-42
Ahab was an evil king but his wife Jezebel was even worse. Not satisfied with all his possessions as king, he wanted Naboth's vineyard. Fully within his rights, he refused to sell. But Jezebel...
Tuesday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 21:17-29 & Mt. 5:43-48
When the wife of King Ahab murdered Naboth, so that her husband could take over his vineyard, Ahab was guilty of approving his wife's handling of the whole sordid affair. God sent Elijah to Ahab to...
Wednesday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18
Elijah was an important figure in the Old Testament. He was regarded as the greatest of God’s prophets. He was a representative of God who spoke and acted in His name. In fact, until the time of...
Thursday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
Eccl. 48:1-14 & Mt. 6:7-15
Today's first reading is a poem in honour of Elijah, the prophet. He was truly a great man who spoke to God's people in His name. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, there appeared with Him...
Friday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 11:14, 9-18, 20 & Mt. 6:19-23
Today’s first reading sounds like the plot of a film or one of Shakespeare's plays! Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab, the evil king of Israel, of the northern kingdom. She had married Jehoram of...
Saturday of 
Week 11 in Ordinary Time
2 Chronicles 24:17-25 & Mt. 6:24-34
Joash was the legitimate heir to the throne of King David. It was the priest Jehoida who saw to it that he was rightly installed as king. Joash began his reign well, but when the priest died, things...
Monday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 & Mt. 7:1-5
A tragedy which had been brewing for many years is the subject of today's first reading. It was the destruction of the northern kingdom, Israel, and its capital Samaria in 721 BC, by the mighty...
Tuesday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 & Mt. 7:6, 12-14
Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, had destroyed the northern kingdom of lsrael and led the people off into slavery. He intended to do the same with Judah whose king, Hezekiah, knew that his people...
Wednesday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 & Mt. 7:15-20
Imagine one day when you open your mail and find a letter from a solicitor. A distant relative whom you have never met has died and named you in his will. You have inherited a fortune! After the...
Thursday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 24:8-17 & Mt. 7:21-29
Solomon's son, Rehoboam, burdened his people with heavy taxes to maintain the Temple. This split the nation into two kingdoms, Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The kings of the...
Friday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 25:1-12 & Mt. 8:1-4
An important event in Jewish history, the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, is told in today's first reading. The king was captured and tortured, his sons were murdered and his people were...
Saturday of 
Week 12 in Ordinary Time
Lam. 2:2, 1-14, 18-19 & Mt. 8:5-17
The Book of Lamentations has been called the 'Book of Tears' as it expresses the agony, distress, horror and grief over the fall of Jerusalem. When reading today's passage my thoughts went straight...
Monday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Amos 2:6-10 & 13-16, & Mt. 8:18-22
In the time of Amos, Israel was a prosperous country but also a corrupt one. Many people had become wealthy through exploiting the poor and many had sunk into moral depravity. Amos was sent by God to...
Tuesday of 
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12 & Mt. 8:23-27
Having entered into a covenant with His chosen people the response God expected was faith and love. Sadly, He did not get it. It was Amos' task to point out to the people that because no response was...