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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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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