HOMILY for Mon in Week 3 of Lent 2 Kings 5:1-15; Ps 41; Lk 4:24-30 Our God who creates the entire universe – all that is – out of nothing is the God who does great things with the little that we offer him. We’re so accustomed to the way of the world by which often a lot of effort has to be expended for very little result – just think of how difficult it is to lose weight! But God’s way is...
The Devil is like a mad dog tied by a chain. Beyond the length of the chain he...– St. Padre Pio (via becket)
HOMILY for Tues in Week 2 of Lent Isa 1:10. 16-20; Ps 49; Matt 23:1-12 Christ is the divine Logos made Man. And that Greek word ‘logos’ can mean ‘Word’, as it is often translated, but it is also rich in other meanings related to words, such as speech, discourse, and reason. So, when Isaiah 1:18 is translated as “Come now, let us reason together”, we find this same Greek root ‘logos’ being used...
fatherelroy: Introitus My heart said to You, I have sought Your countenance; I will seek Your countenance again, Lord. Do not turn Your face away from me. Ps. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom will I fear? (Ps. 26, 8-9)
This following homily was preached today in St Albert’s Chaplaincy, and was written after I had posted the one below (originally used on Godzdogz in 2011). As such, this homily is more current and topical. HOMILY for Mon in Week 2 of Lent Daniel 9:4-10; Ps 78; Luke 6:36-38 Occasionally I’ve had to hang things on the wall using a nail and hammer. And I’m not particularly good at this…...
HOMILY for Monday, 2nd Week of Lent Dan 9:4b-10; Ps 79; Lk 6:36-38 Originally posted on Godzdogz in 2011. “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful”. And just how is the Father merciful and compassionate towards us? Through the Cross. In the sign of Christ Crucified, we see, and we experience God’s mercy. For Christ is the good measure of God’s generous, superabundant, self-giving love,...
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...