March 31, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily

The Gospel reading this week includes one of Jesus’ greatest parables.  It contains many themes and images that represent what this season of Lent is all about. That of “hope, mercy and love.” The Parable of the Prodigal Son opens with “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to...

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March 24, 2019 Third Sunday of Lent Homily

In our newspapers we read of disasters and watch catastrophes on television. And we deal with painful tragedies in the lives of our friends and loved ones, and ask: “Where is God?”, “How can God allow these things to go on?” It is implicitly the question put to Jesus in...

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March 17, 2019 Second Sunday of Lent Homily

What a grace for Peter and James and John to see Jesus transfigured. They got a preview of the glory of Jesus risen from the dead and his glory in heaven. It was also a preview of the glory we all hope to share in heaven. It was not the...

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March 10, 2019 First Sunday of Lent Homily

Oscar Wilde was a much-celebrated Anglo-Irish literary figure, very witty… and very worldly. He once wrote: “I can resist everything but temptation.” He lived in total self-indulgence, ridiculed Victorian moral norms, and died in Paris of meningitis in the year 1900. His view of life aptly ushered in the 20th...

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March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday Homily

Today we are entering a new Season, one of penance and sacrifices. Together, we have gathered here to celebrate “Ash Wednesday,” the first of forty days of the Lenten Season that precedes Easter. On this special occasion, we are called to be reconciled to God. Through the sacramental of ashes...

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March 3, 2019 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

An Unknown Poet once wrote: “I dreamt death came the other night and heaven’s gate swung wide.  With kindly grace an angel came and ushered me inside.  And there, to my astonishment, stood folks I’d known on earth.  Some I had judged `most unfit’ and others of `little worth.’  Indignant...

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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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