August 7th Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time C

Introduction Scripture this Sunday is a mixture hope and warning. Christ tells us not to be afraid, we’re part of his kingdom. Yet on the other hand he warns us not to be complacent, the Son of Man will come in Judgement. To be ready for his coming we must stay spiritually awake. Lets confess … [Read more…]

July 31st Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Introduction “Vanity of vanities all is vanity”. Our first reading says undue toil for this world’s goods is foolishness. Paul also says that our thoughts should be on heavenly things. And Christ in the gospel says accumulated wealth will be of no use when our soul is required of us. Lets confess any sins of … [Read more…]

July 24th Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Introduction Scripture today features the greatest of all prayers, the our Father. Christ only gave us one prayer because it says everything we need to say. Lets confess if we pray without meaning it Homily The Our Father is the gospel. The perfect prayer, it tells what we, children, should ask of a loving father. … [Read more…]

July 17th Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Introduction Our readings this week feature godly hospitality. Abraham’s hospitality is rewarded by his wife’s pregnancy. Martha feeds and cares for Christ and Mary cares more so by listening to him. Lets confess any failure to have open hearts and hospitable homes. Homily We Irish are proud of our hospitality but are we as open … [Read more…]

July 10th Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Introduction This is Good Samaritan Sunday, calling us to charitable love of all, especially those in need. Not just avoiding hurting them but lifting them up in their suffering. Lets confess any ways we fail to help fellow human beings fallen by side of life’s road.. Homily One day in Calcutta Mother Theresa saw a … [Read more…]

July 3rd, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Introduction Our readings this week are about God’s love. The first reading depicts that love as an intimate one; His affection for us is like that of a mother suckling her child at her breast. The Gospel prays that all will come to those nurturing loving arms. Lets confess if we fail to appreciate his … [Read more…]

June 26th Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Introduction Scripture this week is about dedication to the faith. Elisha follows Elijah in the first reading. Paul tells us to stand firm and not submit to the yoke of slavery again. And Christ tells us that the man who puts his hand to the plough and turns back is not fit for his kingdom. … [Read more…]

June 24th, Friday, The Sacred Heart

Introduction At a funeral a person told a story about the woman who had died. A few weeks before, she almost went. Later she complained: “I was almost there, the Sacred Heart was coming towards me with outstretched arms and I was so happy, and they brought me back”. Conscious of the importance of the … [Read more…]

June 19th, Corpus Christi C

Introduction Today we celebrate the risen lord’s bodily presence with us. In the first reading Melchizedek offers a similar thanksgiving offering of bread and wine. The epistle retells the last supper’s giving of the Eucharist, and tells us to celebrate it for all time. The gospel has Jesus feeding crowds in the wilderness; He still … [Read more…]

June 12th Trinity Sunday C

Introduction In today’s celebration of the Trinity, our readings deal with each person in turn. The first describes the majestic reign of the Father, the second the power of the Spirit in the world, and third the Risen Christ as lord of the universe. Lets confess ways we fail to appreciate the great and infinite … [Read more…]