Sept. 9th 23rd Sunday in ordinary time B

Introduction “The eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unsealed”. Our readings envisage the cleansing of the earth and the coming of justice in Christ. James shows this was needed even in the early flock where distinctions are made between the poor and rich at mass. Christ in the Gospel … [Read more…]

Sept. 2nd 22nd Sunday in ordinary time B

Introduction “Pure unspoilt religion is this, to come to the help of orphans and widows and keep oneself uncontaminated by the world”. Our readings this week focus on true and false faith. Christ criticises those who honor God with their lips but whose hearts are far from Him. Lets confess any hypocrisy in our lives. … [Read more…]

Aug. 26th 21st Sunday in ordinary time B

Introduction “We have no intention of deserting the Lord our God” our first reading says. Yet many do so today. As some did when Christ taught the reality of his eucharistic presence. “Will you also go away”, He said to disciples. Lets confess ways we desert the gospel when it doesn’t agree with worldly views.. … [Read more…]

Aug 12th 19th Sun in ordinary time B

Introduction This is the third Sunday that features the eucharist. Elijah journeyed for forty days and forty nights to God’s mountain at Horeb, fortified by bread from heaven. This prefigures the Eucharist. Jesus he is the bread sent from heaven to nourish us for life’s long journey. Lets confess failures to appreciate the importance of … [Read more…]

Aug. 5th 18th Sun in ordinary time 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 29th 17th Sun in ordinary time 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 22 16th Sunday in ordinary time 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 15th 15th Sun in ordinary time 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…]