February 24, 2019 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We are presented for consideration today one of the very hardest of Jesus’ commands: “Love your enemies”. This injunction comes in the very first sentence of today’s text and the rest of the extract could be regarded as simply a commentary on it. What we are talking about is ethics,...

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February 17, 2019 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Do you ever stop to think that, roughly speaking, eight out of ten Catholics no longer come to Mass? That’s a lot of people! It means that there should be another eight people sitting next to you. There are many reasons for their absence – the analysts of such things...

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February 10, 2019 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

What powerful readings that we have just heard from the Holy Scriptures. What I mean by powerful is that the readings make us think twice of how we would behave if we suddenly found ourselves in the Divine Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us would like to...

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January 27, 2019 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today we celebrate the third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Throughout this liturgical year, which is referred to as Year C, we will listen to the Gospel of Luke. The gospel text of today – specially edited for the occasion – begins with the prologue of the Gospel in which Luke...

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January 20, 2019 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The first reading today, from the Prophet Isaiah, speaks about what has happened to God’s Chosen People, Israel, His beloved.  Israel has been more or less destroyed and its faith watered down and weakened over the centuries. Yet the Prophet Isaiah, looking into the future, states:  Nations shall behold your...

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January 13, 2019 Baptism of the Lord Homily

Most people don’t think about Baptism very deeply. This is manifested clearly at parish Baptism preparation sessions. When asked why they have brought the child for Baptism parents are caught unaware; this is already very telling. They become suddenly uncomfortable. Mom looks at dad, dad looks at his feet. Well,...

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January 1, 2019 Mary, Mother of God Homily

One of the things I love about the Catholic Church is her courage when it comes to speaking of Mary. Protestantism is timid in speaking of her but Catholicism never hesitates to talk about Mary. The Church will confidently give to Mary all her titles and will speak of all...

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December 30, 2018 Holy Family Homily

The Gospel writers were not like modern journalists. Journalists today are pre-occupied with facts and photos and ‘spin’ and, ironically, they get things wrong a scary percentage of the time. The evangelists are interested in what happened only because it reveals the truth – the truth about Jesus. Indeed, Luke...

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December 25, 2018 Christmas Homily

Signs are important things, especially street signs; they tell us a lot. I notice kids love to twist signs around so they point in the wrong direction, maybe we’ve even done it ourselves, and most of us would have been a victim of that little trick once or twice in...

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December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Homily

As we prepare for the Nativity of our Lord the issues that surround us this Advent season are enormous. Once more this year, we struggle to find peace – peace among the nations and among ethnic groups, peace in our own homeland, and peace between civilizations. Drug problem still plagues...

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