August 26, 2018 Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today’s readings prompt me to share some thoughts with you about choices, decisions, and commitments. Each and every day we consider choices presented to us, and then we make our decisions. There comes a moment when our consideration ends and we raise a choice to the level of our wills,...

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August 19, 2018 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

In 2001 Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, published a small book entitled “God Is Near Us”. One of the chapters in that book is headed The Presence of the Lord in the Sacrament. It makes wonderful reading. He begins this chapter with the very text of the Gospel of today’s Mass: He...

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August 12, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Last week Jesus offered the people true bread, the bread of God, which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. They had responded enthusiastically: Sir … give us that bread always. Jesus’ reply was unexpected and challenging: I am the bread of life. He who comes to...

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July 29, 2018 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The event we read about in today’s Gospel, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, is one of the most extraordinary miracles Jesus did during his earthly life. Even though we weren’t there 2000 years ago to be fed by the hands of the disciples, this miracle is also one...

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July 22, 2018 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Plans. All of us are familiar with plans. There are family plans, school plans, plans at work, travel plans, game plans, and all sorts of other plans. Our days are lived out in them. Even our fun times are planned… sometimes over-planned. Some people can’t stand plans. They want things...

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July 15, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We all know the light of the sun in the daytime, and of the moon in the night. We know the useful light of a torch, the revealing light of a spotlight. We know the lights blazing down on the football field and the comforting lights in the dark street...

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July 8, 2018 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today I’d like to reflect a little on the role of the prophet who, arguably, has the most difficult of all vocations. There are two kinds of prophets; false prophets and true prophets. False prophets support and sustain people in their illusions about life and about themselves; they encourage self-deception....

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June 24, 2018 The Nativity of John the Baptist Homily

I want to begin today with some interesting parallels involving John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. Both the birth of Jesus Christ and the birth of John the Baptist were surrounded by angels. Each of their births were mysterious; each accompanied by special acts of God. John the Baptist and...

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June 17, 2018 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Reading today’s Gospel I realized or was reminded that there are Laws of Growth. What I mean by that? Firstly, that such laws do exist and they are rather rigid. They demand obedience – preparing the soil, planting, watering, composting, weeding, sunlight, and so on. Farmers know all about these...

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June 10, 2018 Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The Gospel text set before us today is a difficult one. It doesn’t come up very often in the liturgy because the Tenth Sunday is often missed out due to the particular timing of Lent in any given year. Let us look at two problems that arise within it. First...

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