Jan 28th Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Introduction Readings today deal with true and false spiritual authority. The first reading affirms the authority of true prophets against those who invoke God for worldly ways. The celibacy ideal is under attack today; Paul in the second reading says that God is well served by it. Christ in the gospel teaches with authority and … [Read more…]

Jan 21st Third Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Introduction Readings this Sunday anticipate lent. The story of Jonah in the first reading sees the prophet demanding repentance of a corrupt city. Paul in the second reading reminds us that our time is short, the world as we know it is passing away. This sets the scene for the gospel where Christ central message … [Read more…]

Jan 14th Second Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Introduction Its back to ordinary time now when the gospels outline Christ’s public ministry. The first reading invites us to say with Samuel: “Speak Lord you servant is listening”. And Paul says to use our bodies for God’s glory as modern apostles. Like them, let’s be faithful to Christ’s church, and confess our failures in … [Read more…]

Jan 6th The Epiphany of the Lord B

Introduction: Today we finish the Christmas period of feasting with the feast of the Epiphany or little Christmas as we knew it in Ireland, Nollaig na mBan. On that day all the women who’d done the work over Christmas sat down and men served. We pray that we’ll all help in this way; we ask … [Read more…]

Dec. 31st The Holy Family of Jesus

Introduction: The Family is under siege today, with breakdown common. So we might listen to the wise advice for parents and children in the first reading, to practice mutual respect, love and kindness. As Paul says, let the message of Christ in all its richness find a place in our homes. Like the Holy family … [Read more…]

Dec. 25th The Nativily of the Lord B

Introduction We come to the joyful goal of our advent renewal, this glorious night of the Lord. Angels sing to us peace on earth, good will to men. That peace and love is what we should practice at Christmas and throughout the year. Lets confess any ways we fail in this.. Homily “Feed the world, … [Read more…]

Dec. 24th 4th Sunday of Advent B

Introduction This week’s readings remind us that our Christian role is to be the light of the world. For, as Peter says, since everything is coming to an end, so we should live good and holy lives as we await the coming of our great Lord and Saviour. John echoes this in our Gospel, “prepare … [Read more…]

Dec. 17th 3rd Sunday of Advent B

Introduction Behold the lamb of God, John says of Christ. He pointed to Christ the way the truth and the life for his day. Lets do the same for the lost of the flock today and confess where we fail in this.. Homily We live in throw-away society. Everything reminds us of this. Were told … [Read more…]

Dec. 10th Second Sunday of Advent B

Introduction Make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Thats the great cry of advent. And we have a model in this preparation for the coming of the Christ child in John the Baptist. Lets confess any ways we lack his integrity, love and prophetic commitment.. Homily Our gospel for this second Sunday … [Read more…]