10th Jan, The Baptism of the Lord

Introduction As we start a new year were reminded today that our spiritual journey begins with baptism. God says of Christ at baptism, as he says of us, “This is my beloved”. Lets confess ways we fail to live our baptismal and confirmation promises to be the faithful.. Homily The gospel features Christ’s baptism in … [Read more…]

6th Jan, The Epiphany Year C

Introduction Our Christmas season ends with the Magi feast, little Christmas as we used to call it in Ireland. Scripture sees it as the feast of all the world coming to Christ in the form of the wise foreign kings. Lets confess ways we fail to be wise children of God.. Homily We honor the … [Read more…]

Dec 27, Feast of the Holy family Year C

Introduction We may think of Christ as beyond things like adolescence, but remember he was fully human. Today we see the teenage Christ rebelling against his parents, staying in the Temple. Yet we also see him submitting to them and growing in age and grace. Lets confess ways we fail to love our parents as … [Read more…]

Dec 20th, Fourth Sunday of Advent Year C

Introduction “He himself will be peace”, the prophet Micah says of the Christ. In our gospel we see the peace, love and joy that Mary brings when, heavily pregnant, she visits Elizabeth. Lets confess where we fail to spread God’s love and peace around us at Christmas.. Homily “Christmas is coming and the geese are … [Read more…]

Dec 6th, Second Sunday of Advent Year C

Introduction The preaching of John the Baptist about Christ features in our scripture this week. Already the fruits of Christ’s birth are predicted in the first reading in terms of the blessings showered on the exiles returning to Israel. And John prepares the way for the lord, he makes straight a highway for the Christ … [Read more…]