2nd Sunday of Easter

on Monday, 13 April 2015. Posted in Homilies

2nd Sunday of Easter

Anyone wanting to read the earliest New Testament accounts of the Rusurrection might be tempted to go first to the Gospels, but that would be a mistake. In fact the oldest accounts of Easter are found, not in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, but in St Paul. 

A Special Occassion

on Sunday, 03 May 2015. Posted in Homilies

A Special Occassion

I would like to begin this evening by thanking Angus and Julia for asking me to give this homily. What we are celebrating has implications for all of us here, and my prayer is that what I say will do what every homily is meant to do, which is to open a door through which everyone present can enter more deeply into the mystery we are celebrating. 

 

Homily / 3rd Sunday of Easter

on Sunday, 19 April 2015. Posted in Homilies

Homily / 3rd Sunday of Easter

There’s a little moment every Sunday that I look forward to with a sense of anticipation, even mild excitement. It’s not unlike the feeling I get when the postman brings an unexpected parcel or an interesting looking letter and, for a few seconds, I wonder what’s in the parcel or who the letter could be from. 

Homily / 6th Sunday of Easter

on Sunday, 10 May 2015. Posted in Homilies

Homily / 6th Sunday of Easter

When I read those passages earlier this week I was particularly struck by the first reading. I have read it  many times before, but the proof that the Word of God really is ‘alive and active’ is its never-ending capacity to speak directly to us no matter how many times we read it. 

Homily / 5th Sunday Easter

on Sunday, 03 May 2015. Posted in Homilies

Homily / 5th Sunday Easter

 

As soon as I read that story about Paul stirring up trouble and falling out with people in Jerusalem before having to be whipped away to Caesarea and then to Tarsus to avoid the people he had upset killing him, I was reminded of something that happened to me during the Spiritual Exercises twenty six years ago.