May 20, 2018 Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost means fifty – seven weeks plus one day – fifty days after Easter. The Jews called it Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, the feast of the Harvest, or the feast of the First Fruits. Whatever way we look at this feast it denotes the end of a period of...

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May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter

Every mature Christian comes to a point in life when he realizes that none of the things he really desires are within his own reach. And what’s more, he comes to understand that the things he can achieve are not the things he really wants, or at least, not the things...

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April 29, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Easter

The gospel we have just read describes communion; in fact, it insists on communion. Firstly, what is communion? Communion is the oneness of love in which God lives in himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our God is not a lonely God; he is three divine persons in one...

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April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Homily

The Holy Father is the shepherd of the universal Church. Every bishop is the shepherd of his diocese. Every parish priest is the shepherd of his parish. Parents are the shepherds of their children. Being a shepherd is not easy; being a good shepherd is even more difficult. There are...

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April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Homily

The question of the existence of God is fundamental to the human journey. It used to be a question taken for granted: of course God exists! Men and women in past ages from every nation on the earth have raised their heads to a supreme being. They gave expression to...

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April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Homily

After the numbing senselessness and cruelty of Friday afternoon and the bleak despair of the day and night which followed we come to the experience of Sunday morning – when life, unexpectedly, once again takes on meaning. Although the tomb is empty this is no proof that Christ is risen....

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March 29, 2018 Holy Thursday Homily

The institution of the Eucharist and of the priesthood took place at the Last Supper. It took place within the context of a Passover meal about which we just read in the First Reading. This meal commemorated the core experience of the people of Israel, their deliverance from slavery in...

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March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday Reflection

Was there something that struck you in the face, in the heart, or in the guts as you listened to the Passion reading today? Was it the cunning malice of the chief priests and scribes who were seeking by some trick to kill Jesus? Was it the touching scene of...

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March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Homily

In the sacred scriptures God has his day and the devil has his hour. Until that hour came neither Satan nor his servants could do anything to harm Jesus. (John 7:30): They would have arrested him then, but because his time had not yet come no one laid a hand...

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March 4, 2018 Third Sunday of Lent Homily

Many chapters of the Book of Exodus concern the preparations for setting up the Tent of Meeting which the Hebrews carried around with them and set up each time they made camp in the desert. Inside this Tent, in the most holy and inner part of it called the Tabernacle,...

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