THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent (B) - originally posted at Torch.op.org Gen 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 115; Rom 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 Mountaineering is a transcendent experience. On a human level, we transcend the limitation of our fears, and discover the tenacity of the human spirit. As Edmund Hillary put it, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” But...
HOMILY for Fri in Week 1 of Lent Ezekiel 18:21-28; Psalm 130; Matthew 5:20-26 Originally posted on Godzdogz in 2011. “The Lord’s way is not fair!” (Ezeziel 18:25). It would seem so, if one thinks that the moral life is some kind of tally of individual deeds, that it is about the legalistic keeping of laws and commandments, or even, of Lenten penances. Then, it would seem unfair...
HOMILY for Thu in Week 1 of Lent Esther 4:17; Ps 137; Matthew 7:7-12 Today’s readings are a catechesis on prayer. It is true, as the Catechism points out, that prayer involves thanksgiving, adoration, praise, and contemplation of God. But Christian prayer is fundamentally the prayer of petition: asking God for what we need. And it is born out of an acknowledgement of our human neediness, our...
HOMILY for Wednesday in Week 1 of Lent Jonah 3:1-10; Ps 50; Luke 11:29-32 In many ways our practice of Lent seems inspired by the Ninevites. Indeed, the blessing of ashes which we Dominicans use on Ash Wednesday refers directly to the “custom of the Ninevites” in using ashes as a sign of sorrow and repentance. And Jonah gives the Ninevites 40 days to repent, which, of course, is the number of...
THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS Homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent (B) – preached in St Albert’s Priory, Edinburgh Gen 9:8-15; Ps 24; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 St Mark’s account of Christ’s 40 days in the desert is typically succinct, and unlike the other Synoptic Gospels, he doesn’t tell us how Satan tempted the Lord. Instead he pares the details down to the bare essentials, which is an...
This was realized through [Jesus’] glorification, that is, through his...