March 6th First Sunday of Lent C

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…]

March 2nd Ash Wednesday C

Introduction Welcome to our Special Ash Wednesday mass. It always reminds me of the story of Lourdes and Mary’s call there for a life of penance to atone for sins and bring the world back to God. Lets pray for some such renewal in our own lives this Lent.. Homily Lourdes featured a small French … [Read more…]

Feb 27th, Eight Sun in Ordinary Time C

Introduction “A man’s words flow out of what fills his heart”. Our scripture today asks us to speak out of a pure heart. “Do not praise a man before he has spoken” the first reading says and Christ asks us to avoid judgmental condemnation of others in speech. Let confess ways we may have misjudged … [Read more…]

Feb 20th Seventh Sun in Ordinary Time C

Introduction Our readings this week continue the themes of the Sermon on the Mount, especially the message of non-violence and love even of one’s enemies. Lets confess any violence or hate in our lives. Homily There’s a fine scene in the film about Mahatma Ghandi. During his non-violent campaign for independence in India, a Christian … [Read more…]

Feb 13th Sixth Sun in Ordinary Time C

Introduction Today we have the most beautiful of Christ’s sermons, the beatitudes. They are his commandments, not a list of laws, but ways to be happy and blessed children of God. Lets heed these wonderful guides and confess any ways we fail to do so.. Homily “I have a dream”, you may know the Martin … [Read more…]

6th of Feb, Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

Introduction A person I know says “I’m a non-believer, I don’t harm anyone, that’s enough”. But we’re here not just to avoid harm, but to do as much good as we can. We’re to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, our Gospel says. Lets confess ways we fail Christ, … [Read more…]

30th Jan, Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

Introduction Our scripture this week is about discrimination. Jeremiah faces rejection by his people but God takes his part. In the same way Christ, because he’s just the carpenter’s son, is cast out of the synagogue. Lets confess any areas of prejudice in our lives.. Homily You may know the story of Max Kolbe. Sent … [Read more…]

23rd Jan, Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

Introduction Our readings for this week deal with practical charity. As the first reading says, ” the Lord God is our stronghold” in this. And Christ was sent, as he says, quoting Isaiah, to bring the good news to the poor”. Lets confess ways we fail in charity.. Homily There’s a story told of a … [Read more…]

16th Jan, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

Introduction Our readings today deal with the union of the man and woman as God’s plan. The first reading compares this to God’s union with his people. And in the Gospel Christ stresses the importance of marriage by changing water into wine for relations celebrating their wedding. Lets confess ways we fail in married constancy.. … [Read more…]

Jan 9th Sun The Baptism of the Lord, year C

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…]