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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July 1, 2018 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Hope and Faith   The gospel story offers an image of two figures — a woman afflicted for twelve years with a disease that has strained her strength and her money, and a twelve-year-old girl who has died.  We see Jesus in a situation where two people have every reason...

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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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June 3, 2018 Holy Body and Blood of Christ Sunday

Today we celebrate the Feast of “The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ” (Corpus Christi).  The body of Christ came about through his suffering, death and resurrection.  When we eat his body, we proclaim the paschal mystery with the people gathered, the stories proclaimed and the priest who acts...

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May 26, 2018 Holy Trinity Sunday

Before we can look at the question of the Blessed Trinity we have to decide for ourselves whether we believe or not there is a God. Most people believe in one, even if that God is themselves. The Jews, of course, believe in a God. He is the God of...

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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 13, 2018 Feast of the Ascension Sunday

The Bible is divided into the time before Jesus, the time of Jesus, and the time between Jesus and the final restoration of the reign of heaven.  The communities described in Acts, and us too, are all lodged in this third period of time.   The Acts of the Apostles is...

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