Articles in Category: Homilies

5th Sunday of Lent

on Saturday, 28 March 2020. Posted in Homilies

5th Sunday of Lent

There’s a scene in the1988 film ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ which I always think of when I read the Lazarus story. It was a much criticised film at the time, mostly by people who had never seen it. And it did have its faults. For one thing, it was half-an-hour too long. But its central message was wonderful. 

 

1st Sunday of Lent

on Monday, 02 March 2020. Posted in Homilies

1st Sunday of Lent

As I have reflected this week on today’s readings, two men have been very much in my mind. One is dead, the other still alive, but for the reputation of each of them  the last week has been a difficult one. 

4th Sunday of Lent

on Saturday, 21 March 2020. Posted in Homilies

4th Sunday of Lent

It feels very strange to be writing a homily which will never be heard by anyone. ‘Unprecedented’ is the word these days to describe the situation we are currently living through. People in previous centuries, of course, lived through much more serious times than the we are doing, but we all have to live through our own times, and these are ours.

 

7th Sunday of the Year

on Monday, 24 February 2020. Posted in Homilies

7th Sunday of the Year

I would like to say something today about holiness, as in  Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy, from this week’s first reading. Or, more accurately perhaps, I would like to say something about what Pope Francis says about holiness in his 2018 document, Rejoice and be Glad, subtitled, the call to holiness in today’s world. 

3rd Sunday of Lent

on Wednesday, 18 March 2020. Posted in Homilies

3rd Sunday of Lent

The Gospel passage we have just read was a bit longer than usual, but even that was the shorter version. The full version would have been twice as long, so rich in meaning is this story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. 

6th Sunday of the Year

on Monday, 17 February 2020. Posted in Homilies

6th Sunday of the Year

It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of the issues raised by today’s readings. The implications are profound, going to the very heart of what, it could be argued, is the most fundamental question facing the world today: 

 

2nd Sunday of Lent

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Homilies

2nd Sunday of Lent

This homily began in my head several months ago. Some of you may remember me telling you about it around the time the Voyager II  space probe moved beyond the influence of the sun, left our solar system and entered interstellar space. 

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

on Saturday, 08 February 2020. Posted in Homilies

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I wonder how many times over the last ten years you have heard me use phrases like, ‘a church fit for the 21st century’ or ‘a Church fit for the age we live in.’, or ‘the kind of church God is calling us to be.’ Hundreds of times, I suspect. And I have tried to spell our what these phrases mean: a more mature, adult Church; a Church where lay men and women exercise their responsibilities as a baptized people; a Church which enables its members to develop a faith rooted in a deep personal encounter with Jesus; a Church open to the world; a Church which has something relevant and meaningful to say the men and women who share this moment in history with us, and so on. Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel, that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, and that, if we lose our taste or our light grows dim, then we are, to use another of those phrases, ‘a Church not fit for purpose’.