The community of disciples, as the “beachhead” of the Kingdom in the world, are called to live out and bear witness to this original ideal.
Jesus wants people to be set free from the power of Satan and reclaimed for the fullness of life. Homily notes for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 26 September 2021
The challenge to worldly values and estimation that the disciples found so difficult confronts the Church in every age.
The moment has come for Jesus to draw from the disciples an explicit acknowledgment of his identity as Messiah. Homily notes for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 12 September 2021
In the sacrament, Jesus gives us the capacity to hear the life-giving Word, which he then speaks to us in the Scriptures as proclaimed by the Church. Homily notes for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 5 September 2021
Like a torch that lights up a path on a dark night, for Jewish people the Torah is a body of wisdom and enlightenment showing how to live as the covenant people of God.
Joshua’s challenge and the Israelites’ unqualified commitment, “We also will serve the Lord,” makes its claim upon God’s people today, just as it did of old.
The readings today focus upon Jesus as the compassionate shepherd-king, who gathers and instructs a scattered people. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 18 July 2021
The theme that links the readings today seems to be that of the “rejected prophet”. Homily notes for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 July 2021
The theme running across the scriptural offerings this week is that of God as the Giver of life. Homily notes for 13th Sunday In Ordinary Time Year B, 27 June 2021
Most of Jesus’ parables, including the two featured in today’s Gospel, address the differences between the Kingdom as proclaimed by Jesus and the wider expectation of the crowds.
The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ enables the Eucharist to be set in a broader scriptural context than is possible on Holy Thursday. This year the wider context appears in readings unified around the theme of the ‘blood of the covenant.’