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There are several seasons during the Liturgical Year: AdventChristmas, Lent and Easter. For the other Sundays of the year we celebrate Ordinary Time.
As Christians – followers of Christ through our Baptism – we are called on to make Christ present in our own lives and in the lives of others. As we read the Sacred Scripture during the different seasons of the Liturgical Year may we pray in our hearts:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

 

Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent – Year B

Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 Theme:  ‘A House of Prayer for all Peoples’ (Isaiah 56:7) A few days ago, I came across a...

Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent – Year B

Readings: Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10 Theme: ‘The Love that dances in the heart of things’ (Malcolm Guite) Today, we are invited to reflect on...

Homily for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B

Readings: Genesis 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Theme:  Jesus in the Wilderness Jesus’ life was dominated by a single passion: to proclaim and establish on...

Homily for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Cycle B

 Readings: Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45  Theme:  ‘Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him’ (Mk 1:41) In biblical times, leprosy covered a wide...

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39  Theme:  The Mystery of Human Suffering Human suffering, is one of the greatest mysteries of life. It...

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28  Theme:  ‘He taught them with authority’ (Mk 1:22) The theme of authority dominates our readings today. In the...

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 Theme:   The God of Second Chances One of the favourite aphorisms of a former priest companion of mine...

Homily for the Second Sunday of Year B – 14th January 2024

Readings:1 Samuel 3:3-10,19; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15,17-20; John 1:35-42  Theme: ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening ’ (1 Samuel 3:10) Today’s readings are all about listening and...

Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Year B

Readings: Isaiah 50:1-11; 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1:7-11 Theme: ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’ (Mark 1:11) Today, we reach the...

Homily for Sunday 31st December 2023 – Feast of the Holy Family

Theme:   ‘Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you’ (Colossians 3:18) Readings: Genesis:15:1-6 and 21:1-3; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40 On...

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent 2023

Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-11,16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Theme: Having the Courage to say  ‘Yes’  to God The role of Mary in the unfolding of God’s...

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent 2023

Readings: Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28  Theme: Waiting in Joyful Hope I will begin with a story  ‘There was once an Indian tribe whose...

Homily for the second Sunday of Advent 2023

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Theme: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight’ (Mark 1:3) The note of joyful hope,...

Homily for First Sunday of Advent 2023

Readings:  Isaiah 63:16-17,64:1,3-8; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37 Theme: ‘Stay Awake!’ (Mark 13:37) Introduction: Today, the Church launches a new liturgical year, with the season of Advent...

Homily for the 34th Sunday Year A

The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe  Readings:  Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-46   The solemnity of Christ the King marks the...

Homily for the 33rd Sunday of Year A

Proverbs: 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 READY FOR THE JOURNEY… As the liturgical year draws to a close, November days remind us of the...

Homily for the 32nd Sunday of Year A

Readings: Wisdom 6:12-16 p 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Matthew 25:1-13 Let your light shine:  Today’s Gospel from the 25th chapter of St Matthew is the fifth...

Homily for the 31st Sunday of Year A

Readings:   Malachi 1:14 – 2:2,8-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9,13; Matthew 23:1-12 In today’s gospel reading from Matthew, Jesus addresses his followers on the important subject of...

Homily for the 30th Sunday of Year A

Readings: Exodus 22:20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40 Love, in the words of a popular 1960’s song, ‘makes the world go round’.  The famous American...

Homily for the 29th Sunday of Year A

Mission Sunday Readings:  Isaiah 45:1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21 Theme: ‘Hearts on fire; feet on the move’ (Pope Francis) Today, World Mission Sunday, is the day...

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – A Reflection

 Isaiah 25.6-10 Philippians 4.12-14, 19-20 Matthew 22.1-14 The Banquet is prepared. The Hall is ready. The food is on the table. The King has issued the invitations...

Homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43  Theme: Tenants in God’s Vineyard The images of vines and vineyards loom large in the Scriptures. They feature today...

Homily for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Ezekiel 18:25-28 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 Today’s Gospel reminds us of how people can change their minds, or their way of life, for good or for evil....

Homily for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Homily for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9; Philippians 1:20-24,27; Matthew 20:1-16 Theme:   ‘Why be envious because I am generous’ (Mt...

Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Ecclesiasticus 27:33 – 28:7; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35 Theme: To Forgive Is To Set A Prisoner Free And Discover That The Prisoner Was You...

Homily for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Ezekiel 33:7-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 Theme: Speaking the truth in love Today’s gospel and first reading are at odds with the commonly held view...

Homily for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: Year A

Readings: Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27 Theme:   The Cost of Discipleship Poor Peter! In last Sunday’s gospel reading, we saw Jesus declaring him blessed and...

Homily for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 Theme: ‘But who do you say I am?’  (Mt 16:15) At the foot of Mount Hermon, on the border...

Homily for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings:  Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 Theme: ‘Woman, great is your Faith’ (Mt 15:28) There is no more powerful force in this world than the...

Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 Theme:    Faith in Stormy Times It’s never easy, at any time, to keep faith but to hold...

Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration

Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration (6th August 2023) Readings: Daniel 7:9-10; Peter 1:16-19; Matthew 17:1-9 Theme:  ‘I looked at Christ transfigured without fear’ (Patrick...

Homily for the 17th Sunday of Year A

Readings:  1 Kings 3:5,7-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52  Theme:   The Treasure Hidden in our Hearts ‘He is playing a game that I’m not familiar with.’ This...

Homily for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Wisdom 12:13.16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 Theme: The Patience of God Today’s readings highlight a virtue that is fast disappearing from our world: the virtue...

Homily for the 15th Sunday of ordinary time: Year A

Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23  Theme: Co-workers in the birth of a New Creation Jesus’ favourite way of teaching was by using stories or...

Homily for the 14th Sunday of ordinary time: Year A

Readings:  Zechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9.11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 Theme:  The ‘Yoke’ of Jesus  On the night of October 11, 1962, a large crowd of mostly young people,...

Homily for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Year A

Readings: 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16; Romans 6: 3-4,8-11; Matthew 10:27-42  Theme: The Cost of Discipleship  The main theme of today’s gospel reading is the cost of...

Homily for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33 ‘Noli Timere’ (Do not be afraid) were the last words of the poet, Seamus Heaney, to his wife,...

Homily for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

Readings:  Exodus 19:2-6; Romans 5:6-11; Matthew 9:36-10:8 Theme: The Compassion of Jesus God’s tender love and compassion for his creatures is the dominant theme of our...

Homily for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-3.14b-16a; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58  Theme: Keeping Alive the Blessed Memory of Jesus  In his book, Why Go To Church?, Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.,...

Homily on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 2023

Readings: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 Theme:    ‘God of tenderness and compassion ‘ (Ex 34:6) Many of you, I’m sure, remember the popular...

Homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, Year A

Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23 Theme: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ (Jn 20:22) Today, Pentecost Sunday, we come to the climax of...

Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension Year A

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20 Theme: “Go therefore, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:18) During a sabbatical programme at the Ecce Homo Institute...

6th Sunday of Easter – Year A

Readings:  Acts 8:5-8,14-17; 1Peter 3:15-18; Jn 14: 15-21 Theme:  ‘I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you’ (Jn 14:18)  ‘Nobody’s Child’ was...

5th Sunday of Easter – Year A

Readings: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12 Theme: Following and witnessing to the Way of Jesus The context of today’s gospel reading is Jesus’ lengthy...

4th Sunday of Easter – Year A

Readings: Acts 2:14, 36-41; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10 Theme:   ‘I have come that you may have life  and have it abundantly’ (Jn 10:10) Today is...

3rd Sunday of Easter – Year A

Readings: Acts 2: 14, 22-33;  1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35 Luke’s famous account of the risen Jesus’ meeting with two of his disciples on the...

2nd Sunday of Easter – Year A

Readings: Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 1: 3-9;  John 20:19 – 31  Today’s gospel reading from John reports three distinct but related events: a) on the...

EASTER SUNDAY – Year A

 Readings: Acts 10:34, 37-43;  Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9  Theme:  ‘The way is open, death has been deposed…And you are free at last on Easter Day’...

Palm Sunday – Year A

Readings:  Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:6 Theme: ‘There was a shout about my ears and palms before my feet’ (G.K. Chesterton).  Today, Palm Sunday,...

5th Sunday of Lent – Year A

 Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45  Theme: ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ (Jn 11:25) Today’s gospel reading from John recounts the familiar story...

4th Sunday of Lent – Year A

Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41  Theme: ‘Be like children of Light’ (Eph 5:8) Last Sunday we had wonderful story from the Gospel of...

3rd Sunday of Lent – Year A

Readings:  Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42 Theme:  An Unforgettable Meeting at the Well As a young lad, growing up on a small farm in the...

2nd Sunday of Lent – Year A

Theme:  The Transfiguration: A Shining Moment at the Heart of Creation The second Sunday of Lent presents us with the story of the Transfiguration of...

First Sunday of Lent, 2022 – Year A

It is an interesting feature of the Gospels that in the fourth and final one –John – there is no account, never mind a...

1st Sunday of Lent – Year A

Readings: Genesis 2:7-9,3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 The mission of Jesus was to establish on earth God’s reign of justice, peace and love.  Before he...

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023 – Year A

Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 ‘You cannot be serious’ is the title of John McEnroe’s bestselling autobiography published in 2002. The name...
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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023 – Year A

12 February 2023 Sirach 15: 15 – 20 1 Cor: 2:6 – 10 Matthew 5.17 – 37 Today’s Gospel is one which can cause a lot...

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023 – Year A

Readings: Isaiah 58:7-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16 Theme:  You are the Light of the World and the Salt of the Earth In his 1969 hit...

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023 – Year A

29 January 2022 Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13                         1 Corinthians 1:26-31           ...

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023 – Year A

22 January 2023 Isaiah 8:23 - 9:3                        1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17         ...
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Second Sunday of the Year 2023 – Year A

15 January 2023 Isaiah 49: 3,5-6                    1 Corinthians 1:1-3               ...

Baptism of the Lord 2023 – Cycle A

8 January 2023 Isaiah 42: 1-4,6-7                         Acts 10:34-38             ...
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Mary, Holy Mother of God 2023 – Year A

1 January 2023 Numbers 6:22-27                         Galatians 4:4-7               ...

A Christmas 2022 Reflection

“The Word was made flesh and made his home among us” Dear Friends, Christmas is a time when we try to re-connect with family and...

Christmas Eve Mass 2022 – Year A

24 December 2022 Isaiah 9:1-7                    Titus 2:14-18                   ...

4th Sunday of Advent 2022 – Year A

 Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 Theme: Putting St Joseph back into Christmas  As Christmas draws near, we tend to get caught up in a...

3rd Sunday of Advent 2022 – Year A

11 December 2022 Isaiah 35:1-6,10                      James 5:7-10                 ...

2nd Sunday of Advent 2022 – Year A

4 December 2022 Isaiah 11:1-10                    Romans 15:4-9                   ...
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First Sunday of Advent 2022 – Year A

27 November 2022 Isaiah 2:1-5;                    Romans 13:11-14                   ...

Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, 2022 – Year C

20 November 2022 2 Samuel 5:1-3                    Colossians 1:12-20                 ...

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

13 November 2022 Malachi 3:19-20                    2 Thessalonians 3: 7-12               ...

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

6 November 2022 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14                    2 Thessalonians 2: 16-3:5             ...
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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

31 October 2022 Wisdom 11:22-12:1                         2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2             ...

Sunday Homilies – MISSION SUNDAY – Year C

Homily for the 30th Sunday of Year C Readings:  Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Second Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 Theme: Called to be joyful witnesses of...

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

16 October 2022 Exodus 17:8-13                    2 Timothy 3:14-4:2                 ...
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

Homily for the 28th Sunday of Year C Readings: 2 Kings 5:14-17; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Theme: Gratitude and Godliness. I recall my granny telling us...
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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

Homily for the 27th Sunday of Year C Readings: Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4, 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14; Luke 17:5-10  Theme:  Faith and Service Our readings today invite us to reflect...

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

Homily for the 26th Sunday of Year C Readings: Amos:  6:1, 4-7;1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31  Theme: Indifference to the plight of the Poor Today’s readings, like...

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

Homily for the 25th  Sunday of Year C Readings: Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 Theme: ‘You cannot be the slave both of God and...

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Year C Readings: Exodus 32: 7-11,13-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32  Theme: The Embrace of a Forgiving God  The...

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

4 September 2022 Wisdom 9:13-18                    Philemon 9-10,12-17                   ...

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 August 2022 Ecclesiasticus 3:17-18                         Hebrews 12:18-19,20,28-29               ...

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

21 August 2022 Isaiah 66:18-21                    Hebrews 12: 5-7, 11-13               ...

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

Sunday, 14 August 2022 Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10                    Hebrews 12: 1-4, 8-19, 9-11         ...

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

7 August 2022 Wisdom 18:6-9                    Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19               ...

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

31 July 2022 Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23                         Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11           ...

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

Sunday, 24 July 2022 World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly Genesis 18:20-32                    Colossians 2:12-14 ...

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

17 July 2022 Genesis 18:1-10                    Colossians 1:24-28                   ...

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

10 July 2022 Deuteronomy 30:10-14                         Colossians 1:15-20             ...
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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

3 July 2022 Isaiah 66:10-14                        Galatians 6:14-18               ...

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

26 June 2022 1 Kings 19:16b,19-21                        Galatians 5:1,13-18             ...

Corpus Christi 2022 – Year C

19 June 2022 Genesis 14:18-20                    1 Corinthians 11:23-26                 ...

Trinity Sunday 2022 – Year C

12 June 2022 Proverbs 8:22-31                    Romans 5:1-5                   ...

Pentecost Sunday 2022 – Year C

5 June 2022 Acts 2:1-11;                    1Cor 12:3-7;                   ...
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Feast of the Ascension 2022 – Year C

29 May 2022 Acts 1:1-11                    Ephesians 1:17-23                   ...
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6th Sunday of Easter 2022 – Year C

22 May 2022 Acts 15:1-2,22-29                        Apocalypse 21:10-14               ...

5th Sunday of Easter 2022 – Year C

15 May 2022 Acts 14:21-27                    Apocalypse 21:1-5                 ...
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4th Sunday of Easter 2022 – Good Shepherd Sunday

8 May 2022 Acts 13:14, 43-52                    Apocalypse 7:9,14-17                 ...

3rd Sunday of Easter 2022 – Year C

1 May 2022 Acts 5:27- 32, 40- 41               Revelation 5:11-14               John 21:1-19 Theme: ‘Do...

2nd Sunday of Easter 2022 – Year C – Divine Mercy Sunday

24 April 2022 Acts 5:12-16                         Revelation 1:9-13,17-19               ...

Easter Sunday 2022 – Year C

17 April 2022 Acts 10:34, 37-43                         Col 3:1-4             ...

A Reflection for Holy Thursday 2022 – Year C

14 April 2022 Exodus 12:1-8,11-14                         1 Corinthians 11:23-26             ...

Palm Sunday 2022 – Year C

10 April 2022 Isaiah 50: 4-7                        Philippians 2:6-11             ...

5th Sunday of Lent 2022 – Year C

3 April 2022 Isaiah 43:16-21          Philippians 3:8-14          John 8:1-11 Theme: The God of Mercy and Compassion Mercy is the most striking manifestation of God’s love as reflected...
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4th Sunday of Lent 2022 – Year C

27 March 2022 Joshua 5: 9-12                        2 Corinthians 5:17-21           ...

3rd Sunday of Lent 2022 – Year C

20 March 2022 Exodus 3:1-8a,13-15                    1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12                 ...

2nd Sunday of Lent 2022 – Year C

13 March 2022 Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18                         Philippians 3:17-4:1             ...

1st Sunday of Lent 2022 – Year C

6 March 2022 Deuteronomy 26:4-10                              Romans 10:8-13         ...

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

27 February 2022 Ecclesiastes 27: 4-7                              1 Corinthians 15: 54-58   ...

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

20 February 2022 1 Samuel 26: 2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23                            1 Corinthians...

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

13 February 2022 Jeremiah 17:5-8                        1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20           ...

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

6 February 2022 Isaiah 6: 1-2a, 3-8;                       1 Corinthians 15: 1-11         ...

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

30 January 2022 Jeremiah1:4-5. 17-19                    1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13                   ...

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

23 January 2022 Theme:  Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as in heaven. Nehemiah 8: 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10           ...

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022 – Year C

16 January 2022 Theme:  New wine in new wine-skins Isaiah 62: 1-5                    1 Corinthians 12:4-11     ...

Baptism of the Lord 2022

9 January 2022 Isaiah 42: 1-4,6-7                         Titus 2: 14=17; 3:4-7         ...

Epiphany of the Lord 2022

6 January 2022 Isaiah 60:1-6                         Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6             ...

2nd Sunday of Christmas 2022 – Year C

2 January 2022 Sirach 24:1-4.12-16                    Ephesians 1:3-6,15-18                   ...

Feast of the Holy Family 2021 – Year C

26 December 2021 - Feast of the Holy Family God’s Children: that is what we are 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28             ...

Christmas Day 2021 – Year C

25 December 2021 Isaiah 52: 7-10                    Hebrews 1:1-6                 ...

4th Sunday of Advent 2021 – Year C

19 December 2021 Micah 3:1-4a                    Hebrews 10:5-10                   ...

3rd Sunday of Advent 2021 – Year C

12 December 2021 Zephaniah 3:14-18a                    Philippians 4:4-7                   ...

2nd Sunday of Advent 2021 – Year C

5 December 2021 Baruch 5:1-9                  Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11                  Luke...

1st Sunday of Advent 2021 – Year C

28 November 2021 Jeremiah 33:14-16                  1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2                  Luke...

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 34th Sunday 2021 – Year B

21 November 2021 Daniel 7:13-14                  Apocalypse1:5-8                  John 18:33b-37 The solemnity...

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

14 November 2021 Daniel 12:1-3                  Hebrews 10:11-14,18                  Mark 13:24-32 Theme:...

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

7 November 2021 1 Kings 17:10-16                  Hebrews 9:24-28                  Mark...

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

31 October 2021 Deuteronomy 6:2-6               Hebrews 7:23-28               Mark 12: 28b-34 ‘Love is the only...

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 (Mission Sunday) – Year B

24 November 2021 World Mission Sunday  Jeremiah 31:7-9                  Hebrews 5:1-6                  Mark 10:46-52 The Second Vatican Council, in its Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity, states that ‘the...

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

17 October 2021 Isaiah 53:10-11                  Hebrews 4:14-16                  Mark 10:34-45 ‘Service...

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

10 October 2021 Wisdom 7:7-11                 Hebrews 4:12 – 13                 Mark 10:17...

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

3 October 2012 Genesis 2:18-24                 Hebrews 2:9-11                 Mark 10:2-16 I had several outstation churches in my Nigerian parish. In one of them was a couple who...

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

26 September 2021 Numbers 11:25-29                  James 5:1-6                  Mark 9: 38-43,...

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

19 September 2021 Wisdom 2:12, 17 – 20                 James 3:16 – 4.3             ...

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

12 September 2021 Isaiah 50: 4 – 9                James 2: 14 – 18             ...

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

12 September 2021 Isaiah 35:4-7                James 2:1-5                Mark 7:31-37 One time I was watching...

22nd Sunday of the Year 2021 – Year B

29 August 2021 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8               James 1;17-18,21-22,27               Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Theme: Be doers of the...

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

22 August 2021 Joshua 24:1-2, 15-17, 18              Ephesians 5:21-32              John 6:60-69 In today’s Gospel we are...

Feast of the Assumption 2021 – Year B

15 August 2021 Revelation 11:19, 12:1- 6, 10 1 Cor 15:20-26 Luke 1.39-56 The feast of the Assumption is not about the logistics of how Mary’s body was...

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

8 August 2021 1 Kings 19:4-8              Ephesians 4:30 – 5:2              John 6:41-51 Food for...
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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

1 August 2021 Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15              Ephesians 4:1-17, 20-24              Mark 6:24-35 Many of...

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

25 July 2021 2 Kings 4: 42-44              Ephesians 4:1-6              Mark 6:1-15 Christ, the Bread...

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

18 July 2021 Jeremiah 23.1- 6               Ephesians 2.13-18               Mark 6.30-34 I knew a mother...

15th Sunday of the Year 2021 – Year B

11 July 2021 Amos 7:12-15              Ephesians 1:3-14              Mark 6: 7-13 Called and Sent on...

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

4 July 2021 Ezekiel 2:2-5            2 Corinthians 12:7-10            Mark 6:1-6a He was amazed at their lack...

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

27 June 2021 Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24              2 Cor 8:7,9,13-15              Mk 5:21-43 ‘Do not be...

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

20 June 2021 Job 38.1, 8-11                    2 Cor. 5.14-17                    Mark 4.35-41 There is a story about a sea captain who in his retirement skippered a boat...

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

13 June 2021 Ezekiel 17:22-24              2 Corinthians 5:6-10              Mark 4:26-34 ‘Small is Beautiful’ In 1973...

Corpus Christi – The Body & Blood of Christ 2021 – Year B

6 June 2021 Exodus 24:3-8            Hebrews 9:11-15            Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 ‘See what you are and become...

Holy Trinity 2021 – Year B

30 May 2021 Ezekiel 17:22–24            2 Corinthians 5:6–10            Mark 4:26–34 One of the great classics of...

Pentecost Sunday 2021 – Year B

23 May 2021 Acts 2:1-11            1Cor 12:3-7            John  20: 19-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22) Today...

Ascension of the Lord 2021 – Year B

16 May 2021 Acts 1.1-11            Ephesians 1.17-23            Mark 16.15-20 A couple were married for over 50 years when...

6th Sunday of Easter 2021 – Year B

9 May 2021 Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48;              1John 4:7-10;              John 15: 9-17 ‘Love one...

5th Sunday of Easter 2021 – Year B

2 May 2021 Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 A young man in his twenties had got into bad company, drinking heavily and taking other drugs. He...
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4th Sunday of Easter 2021 – Year B – Vocations’ Sunday

25 April 2021 - Good Shepherd Sunday Acts 4:8-12          1 John 3:1-2          John 10:11-18 ‘The Good Shepherd is...

3rd Sunday of Easter 2021 – Year B

18 April 2021 Witnesses to the Peace of the Risen Christ Acts 3:13-15, 17 – 19;          1 John 2:1-5a;       ...

Easter Sunday 2021 – Year B

Easter Sunday 2021 Acts 10:34, 37-43 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 ‘Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawn’ (St Clement of Alexandria) We are an Easter People and Alleluia...

Palm Sunday 2021 – Year B

28 March 2021 Today, Palm or Passion Sunday, is the first day of Holy Week, the high point of the Church’s year, climaxing in the...

5th Sunday of Lent 2021 – Year B

21 March 2021 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Hebrews 5:7-9 John 12:20-33 As we continue our Lenten journey with Christ, the human face of God, today’s readings remind us of the...

4th Sunday of Lent 2021 – Year B

14 March 2021 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-21 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 Two of the most beautiful, heart-warming and challenging statements in the Bible are found in the passages chosen...

3rd Sunday of Lent 2021 – Year B

7 March 2021 Exodus 20:1-7 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, look on me a little child. Pity mine and pity me, and suffer...

2nd Sunday of Lent 2021 – Year B

28 February 2021 Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 15-18 Romans 8:31-34 Mark 9:2-10 Some of you may recall Brenda Lee’s 1960’s hit song, “Is that all there is?” I believe that...

1st Sunday of Lent 2021 – Year B

21 February 2021 Genesis 9: 8 – 15 1 Peter 3:18 – 22 Mark 1:12 – 15 Jesus’ life was dominated by a single passion: to proclaim and...
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Homily for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46 The Law regarding leprosy is given to Moses and Aaron. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 32:1-2,5,11 A prayer of contrition and confession for sin. Second Reading:...

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

7 February 2021 Job 7:1-4, 6-7        1 Cor. 9:16-19        Mark 1:29-39 Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted The readings of...

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

31 January 2021 Deuteronomy 18: 15-20 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1: 21-28 The Authority of Jesus: Today’s gospel reading makes a clear distinction between the teaching of...

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

24th January 2021 First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Second Reading: First Corinthians 7:29-31 Gospel: Mark 1:14-20  ‘Repent and believe the Good News’ The theme...

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 – Year B

‘Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening’ 17 January 2021 1 Samuel 3:3-10,19 1 Cor 6:13-15,17-20 John 1:35-42 Today’s readings are all about responding to the call of the Lord....
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Baptism of the Lord 2021 – Year B

You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased 10 January 2021 Isaiah 55:1-11 Acts 10:34-38 Mark 1:6-11 A few days ago we celebrated the Feast of...

HOMILY ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

Introduction: Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, one of the most important celebrations of the Liturgical Year – a feast...

Christmas Day 2020 – a story to change your life

25 December 2020 Some years ago I read James Redfield’s novel, ‘The Celestine Prophesy’, a popular expression of New Age spirituality. While I found little...

4th Sunday of Advent 2020 – Year B

20 December 2020 2 Samuel 7.1-5,8-11,16 Romans 16.25-27 Luke 1.26-38 Waiting with Mary The role of Mary in the unfolding of God’s plan of salvation is one of the...

3rd Sunday of Advent 2020 – Year B

13 December 2020 Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8,19-28 Many have seen Franco Zeffirelli’s famous film, Jesus of Nazareth.  Though I saw it many years ago, a...

2nd Sunday of Advent 2020 – Year B

6 December 2020 Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 The note of joyful hope, rather than penance, dominates the season of Advent. Nevertheless, the Advent readings...

1st Sunday of Advent 2020 – Year B

29 November 2020 Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1,3-8  1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 Today's gospel reading admonishes us three times to 'stay awake'. This means paying attention to the presence...

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A – Christ the King

22 November 2020 Ezekiel: 34:11-12 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28 Matthew 25:31-46 Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. When we think of kings we think of people a...

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

15 November 2020 Proverb: 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 READY FOR THE JOURNEY… As the liturgical year draws to a close, November days remind us...

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

8 November 2020 Wisdom 6.12-16 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18 Matthew 25.1-13 A young woman asked her brother were waiting at an airport to meet her fiancé who was due...

Feast of All Saints 2020 – Year A

1 November 2020     1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12 The early Church suffered many periods of great persecution. So many were killed for their faith in Christ...

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

25 October 2020 Exodus 22:20-27 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Matthew 22:34-40 Some people are very good for Church attendance and religious practices. But at home or at work they...

Mission Sunday 2020 – Continue the Mission of Jesus

Pope Francis, in his Message for the World Mission Sunday 2020, echoes the teaching of Vatican II  when he says that the essential calling...

Mission Sunday 2020 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

18 October 2020 Together we can do more – blessed are the peacemakers World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual direct appeal for spiritual and...

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

11 October 2020 Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 2:33-43 A certain couple had 5 children, 4 of whom were generally pleasing to their parents but one...

27th Sunday of the Year 2020 – Year A

4 October 2020 - What more can I do? Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 The Jewish people looked on themselves as the Vineyard of the Lord, God's...

26th Sunday of the Year 2020 – Year A

27 September 2020 Ezekiel 18:25-28 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 Today’s Gospel reminds us of how people can change their minds, or their way of life, for good or...

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

20 September 2020 Isaiah 55:6-9 Phillipians 1:20-24, 27 Matthew 20:1-16 Work is more than a paid job... Who are you?                   ...

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

13 September 2020 Ecclesiasticus 27:30 – 28.7 Romans 14:7 – 9 Matthew 18:21 – 35 Today's gospel follows on from the gospel of last Sunday, speaking about the...

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

6 September 2020 Ezekiel 33:7-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 Correction in a Christian way… Many people today are involved in a process called Lectio Divina – trying to make...

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

30 August 2020 Jeremiah 20:7-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16.21-27 In the gospel today Jesus tries to make it clear to Peter and the disciples that he was destined...

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

23 August 2020 Isaiah 22:19 – 23 Romans 11:33 – 36 Matthew 16:13 – 20 “Who do you say I am ?” We know Peter’s inspirational response: ‘You are...

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

16 August 2020 Isaiah 56:1, 6-7               Romans 11:13-15, 29-32               Matthew 15:21-28 This Gospel story...

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

9 August 2020 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13            Romans 9:1-5            Matthew 14:22-33 It’s never easy at any...

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

2 August 2020 Isaiah 55:1-3             Romans 8:35, 37-39             Matthew  14:13-21 Today’s gospel recounts the miracle of...

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Cycle A

26 July 2020 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12            Romans 8:28-30            Matthew 13:44-52 The hidden treasure One day God...

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019 – Year C

6 October 2019 Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14 Luke 17:5-10 A certain man asked his 14 year old son to wash his car. It was his first...

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019 – Year C

29 September 2019 Amos 6:1, 4-7 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16.19-31 A certain man had just been promoted in his job and this meant a lot of extra...

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019 – Year C

22 September 2019 Amos 8:4-7 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Luke 16.1-13 I once worked as a Prison Chaplain. One day I met a new prisoner who had just been...

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019 – Year C

15 September 2019 Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 1 Timothy1:12-17 Luke 15.1-32 When I used to go on vacation I visited an Irish family who had 5 children aged between...

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019 – Year C

8 September 2019 Wisdom 9:13-18 Philemon 9-10, 12-17 Luke 14.25-33 In a certain American town a college student was told that because of his excellence as a basketball...

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019 – Year C

1 September 2019 Sirach 3:17-18,20, 28-29 Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 Luke 14.1, 7-14 Once I was at a wedding and a government minister had been invited also. Before the...