5th Sunday B Homily

on Sunday, 08 February 2015. Posted in Homilies

5th Sunday B Homily

There are several passages from the Gospels that I have  described over the years as ‘my favourite passage’, but the Marriage Feast at Cana and today’s Gospel story, taken together, have undoubtedly had the biggest influence on me. 

 

Homily /3rd Sunday Lent B

on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Homilies

Homily /3rd Sunday Lent B

Last Sunday, having heard how God apparently asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, I suggested that this story may well mark a time in pre-history when the people of Israel broke away from the culture all around them and abandoned forever any link they may once have had with the pagan practice of human sacrifice. 

6th Sunday Homily

on Sunday, 15 February 2015. Posted in Homilies

6th Sunday Homily

When, at a meeting of parents back in December, we arranged for the children preparing for First Communion  to come here today to be formally presented to the whole parish, we did not realise that it would also be Catholic Education Sunday. 

 

Homily /4th Sunday Lent B

on Sunday, 15 March 2015. Posted in Homilies

Homily /4th Sunday Lent B

 

The Book of Chronicles from which today’s first reading is taken, is a kind of brief introduction or Idiot’s Guide to the History of the  Old Testament.’ Written around the year 300 BC it describes events which had taken place nearly three hundred years earlier, and, in some cases, as much as seven hundred years earlier. 

Homily / 5th Sunday Lent B

on Sunday, 22 March 2015. Posted in Homilies

Homily / 5th Sunday Lent B

To understand today’s Gospel story, we have to go back  to the verse before the one where our reading began. Why it’s not included in the reading I cannot imagine, but in it St John tells us that the Pharisees were angry because the whole world was coming to see Jesus. 

Homily /2nd Sunday Lent B

on Sunday, 01 March 2015. Posted in Homilies

Homily /2nd Sunday Lent B

The traditional understanding of the story we heard in the first reading is well known. This was one of the stories many of us read as children in our Bible Histories and I remember so well being told by the teacher how wonderful Abraham was to have loved God so much that he was willing to kill his son when God told him to. 

Easter Sunday 2015

on Sunday, 05 April 2015. Posted in Homilies

Easter Sunday 2015

 

One of the reasons why millions of people today find it hard, if not impossible, to believe in the death and Resurrection of Jesus is that traditional explanations, inherited from the past, present them with an image of God which they simply cannot buy into.