Aug 1st, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Introduction Our first reading describes the manna by which God fed the Jews during their desert journey. It prefigured the eucharist by which He feeds us, his new people in Christ, for our spiritual journey “He who eats this bread will never be hungry” Jesus says. Lets confess any failure to appreciate this living bread’s … [Read more…]

July 25th, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Introduction Today Christ feeds the crowd in the wilderness. He still feeds us with himself. Lets confess any ways we’ve failed to appreciate our great communion with Him here in the Word and the Eucharist.. Homily Once at Easter I asked an adult about to be baptized what becoming a Christian meant. “Really receiving the … [Read more…]

July 18th, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Introduction In our first reading Jeremiah attacks bad pastors: “I’ll raise up true shepherds to look after them”. And Christ says: “they were like sheep without a shepherd”. Lets pray for good shepherds for today and confess ways we fail our own little flocks.. Homily “Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock to be … [Read more…]

July 11th, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Introduction Our readings focus on mission. In the first reading the prophet is commissioned to go out and proclaim God’s word. And Christ in the Gospel tells the apostles to be fishers, to gather all into the saving nets of the Lord. Lets confess ways we fail to be the missionaries for Christ we promised … [Read more…]

July 4th, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Introduction Our readings deal with faith and justice. In the first the prophet scarifies those who in pride and wealth harden their hearts against God. Paul recounts similar persecutions in preaching the truth. Christ is shocked at the lack of faith among his own people. Lets confess ways we shut out God too.. Homily There’s … [Read more…]

June 27th, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Introduction “The world’s created things have health in them”, our first reading says. Healing is part of our faith. We see Jesus in our gospel healing the woman with a haemorrhage and Jairus’s daughter. Let’s seek his healing in our lives as we confess.. Homily Maybe you have heard of Briege McKenna, the miracle-working nun. … [Read more…]

June 20st , Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Introduction Trust in God is a wonderful thing. He speaks to us, as the first reading says, from the heart of every Tempest of life. We see Jesus stilling the storm in the Gospel and saying: “Why are you so frightened? How is it you have no faith?”. Lets confess any ways we’ve failed to … [Read more…]

June 13th, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Introduction Our readings today deal with God’s kingdom come in Christ. Ezekiel sees His coming as a tiny sprout God plants in the earth that becomes a great tree of life. The gospel has the same image of the tiny seed that grows into huge shrub under which birds rest. We are the birds resting … [Read more…]

June 11th The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Introduction At a funeral a person told a story about the woman who had died. A few weeks before, she almost went. Later she complained: “I was almost there, the Sacred Heart was coming towards me with outstretched arms and I was so happy, and they brought me back”. Conscious of the importance of the … [Read more…]

June 6th Corpus Christi

Introduction Today’s first reading reminds us that the Eucharist feeds us in the wilderness of the world as the Israelites were in the desert. Paul in the second reading says it unites us with and makes us the body of Christ. And Christ tells us that through it we’re already part of eternal life. Lets … [Read more…]