January 26, 2020 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

In our Gospel reading today we hear about the call of the very first disciples right at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry—first Simon Peter and Andrew then James and John. You might think that these very first disciples were a bit simple. While they are busy working at their everyday...

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January 19, 2020 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today we begin what the liturgical calendar describes as Tempus Per Annum which, literally translated, means Time Through The Year. In other words, the time of the year which is not taken up with some special celebration like Advent, Lent, or Easter. The English rendering of Tempus per Annum is...

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January 12, 2020 The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord Homily   Today, we solemnly celebrate the feast of “The Baptism of the Lord.” Till yesterday, we celebrated an ‘infant Jesus.’ From today, we celebrate an ‘adult Jesus.’ This is why today’s celebration marks the transition from the liturgical season of Christmas into the liturgical season...

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January 5, 2020 The Epiphany of the Lord

  The Feast of the Epiphany is the oldest feast in the Liturgical Calendar after Easter and Pentecost.  Epiphany was celebrated long before even Christmas itself came to be regarded as a feast. The word Epiphany literally means “manifestation” and refers to the appearance or making known of Christ.  In...

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January 1, 2020 Mary, Mother of God Sunday

What is a good homily? You’ve listened to hundreds, maybe thousands, of them; what is a good homily? Here are some answers I imagine you might give. A good homily is: short, interesting, instructive, entertaining, relevant to life, based on scripture, helpful…all of the above. From my perspective a good...

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December 29, 2019 Holy Family Sunday

What is a good homily? You’ve listened to hundreds, maybe thousands, of them; what is a good homily? Here are some answers I imagine you might give. A good homily is: short, interesting, instructive, entertaining, relevant to life, based on scripture, helpful…all of the above. From my perspective a good...

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December 24th & 25th Christmas Eve & Christmas

Tonight we join with Christians of all denominations in celebrating the extraordinary event, which happened over 2000 years ago – the entry of God himself into human history in the person of the Infant Jesus. For a Christian there is tonight no tinsel, no glitter; there are no fairy lights...

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December 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent

This 4th Sunday of Advent is symbolic.  Today’s liturgy looks toward the coming of Christ at Christmas.    We see the fulfillment of God’s unfolding plan of redemption in the events leading up to the Incarnation, the birth of the Messiah King.  Today we celebrate the new era of salvation which begins...

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December 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent

All three readings today are about the coming of the Messiah. The prophet Isaiah announces that he will come; the evangelist Matthew tells us he has come; the apostle James tells us that he will come again. John the Baptist still occupies centre stage in the gospel today but now,...

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December 8, 2019 Second Sunday of Advent

What kind of Messiah did God promise to send to his people and how would he bring God’s kingdom to them?  The prophet Isaiah foresaw the day when God would raise up a Messianic King long after King David’s throne had been overthrown and vacant for centuries.  God promised that...

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