March 26th Fifth Sunday of Lent, A

Introduction Sometimes we downplay Christ’s humanity. The most humane of men he felt things deeply. He cried at the death of Lazarus, over Jerusalem and for Martha and Mary. May we similarly feel with those in sorrow, and lets confess any ways we fail in this… Homily I was at a funeral recently of a … [Read more…]

19th March, Fourth Sunday of Lent A

Introduction: “I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see”. In our gospel Christ opens the eyes of the blind man but the Pharisees refuse to see. Unlike them, lets keep our eyes open to His light of faith and goodness. Lets open our eyes and hearts to his grace … [Read more…]

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day

Introduction: This weekend we celebrate the great and joyful feast of St.Patrick, our national patron. He was and is still a great light of faith to us and the world. Lets confess any ways we fail in following him in faith and love and goodness.. Homily Why is St.Patrick our national icon. Maybe because down … [Read more…]

Sun 12th March, Third Sunday of Lent A

Introduction: In our gospel Christ drives out traders who were ripping off poor Temple devotees. Like the present cult of economics, the concern of the Pharisees was with their Temple business. Christ, opposing corruption there, had to be silenced, despite God’s command: “thou shall not kill”. Greed can be as ruthless among us today. Lets … [Read more…]

March 5th Second Sunday of Lent A

Introduction Scripture today features the infinite value of living life for God through every trial. Abraham, leaves all to serve God and becomes father of the faith. And Paul tells us to “bear every hardship for the sake of the good news”. Christ came down from the mountain to face the cross that saved the … [Read more…]

Feb 26th First Sunday of Lent A

Introduction Our scripture this first Sunday of Lent features Christ’s temptations in the desert. There he resisted key temptations we all face, to put self, power, and wealth before humble service of God and others. Lets confess ways we let selfish lust for money rule our hearts and prevent us living in faith and charity.. … [Read more…]

Feb 23rd Ash Wednesday Year A

Introduction: We start lent today with prayer, fasting and almsgiving to prepare for Easter. Lets do so as if this was our last lent. For we know not the time nor the hour when our souls will be required of us. Conscious of the constant need for repentance and the renewal of our faith, lets … [Read more…]

Sun Feb. 19th Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Introduction: We continue today the outlines of Christian morality that is the Beatitudes. Today Christ shows the uselessness of violence. He asks us to be peaceful within so as to spread peace in the world. Lets confess any ways we have failed to be people of peace.. Homily There’s a fine scene in the film … [Read more…]

Journeys into Light

Dear reader, my new book of poems, Journeys into Light, is now available, the previous collection won seven different awards. It is available from Amazon. Also I have a new novel out, The Cottage, published by a London publisher, Austin Macaulay. Its also available from Amazon, only £9.99. I include here a short poem from … [Read more…]

Sun. February 12th Sixth Sunday in Ordinary time A

Introduction: We’ve glorious gospels at this time, taken from Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, his new commandments for us, the new people of God. Called to live this blessed way to happiness, lets confess any ways we failed in mercy, peace or any other of the Beatitudes. Homily Our gospel today continues the Sermon on … [Read more…]