First Sunday of Advent Year A, 27/11/2022, Mt 24, 37-44 We live in a world of staggering beauty and overpowering wonder and fail to see it or be influenced by it. We stumble along through the miseries and challenges of life of which there are too many to see our way through. Advent is a life-saving opportunity to help us refocus. The focus being where it should always be - on the God who comes to us in Jesus Christ. It is too easy to think that after more than 2000 years God
34th Sunday in Ordinary time - Lk 23, 35-43 Power for the service. Dear brothers and sisters, a new teacher told his student, who laughed at her and said some disrespecting words, about the power: “ It is ability to direct or influence another’s behaviour or a courses of events". That’s what she has. She can remove him from the class and fail him. Or she can send him to the dean for violating the student code of conduct. These are all things that can alter the course of his l
33rd Sunday in Ordinary time - Lk 21, 5-19 It is hard to read the scripture passages this Sunday without thinking that we are coming to the end of the world. Wars continue, terrible fires, drought and famine are rife. In places the sea is invading the land and destroying dwellings at an alarming rate. The whole eco system on which we depend is slowly eroding. It won’t be God who will destroy the world, we are doing a much better job??? Because we read scripture far too litera
32nd Sunday in Ordinary time, 6/11/2022, Lk 20 , 27-38 Throughout life we go through a series of deaths and resurrections from child to teenager, teenager to adult, adult to elderly, even if we do not use that language. Medicine has always recommended positive thinking as a help to being cured and we have heard stories of people who were told they were going to die recovering. Some call this the power of positive thinking. Any athlete who has won a medal will testify to this.
Homily 31st Sunday Year C 2022, Lk 19, 1-10 The name Zacchaeus comes from the Hebrew meaning “clean, pure, innocent” and it is possible that he has been misunderstood. He had to pay Rome all the taxes before becoming a chief Tax collector. He would then attempt to recoup the money through collecting the taxes. Many did not succeed to do this. Jesus allows Zacchaeus to answer his critics. He makes it clear that he has always given half his income to the poor, that he never kno