Scripture Reflections And Commentaries

Homily notes: The Most Holy Trinity

Fr Brendan Byrne SJ 18 May 2024

The Church closes the long Lent–Eastertide liturgical season with a feast that invites us to sit back and reflect upon the nature of God as revealed in the Paschal mystery: the feast of the Holy Trinity.


Scripture reflection: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

16 May 2024

God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Year B, 26 May 2024.


Homily notes: The role of the spirit

Fr Brendan Byrne SJ 12 May 2024

The universal mission of the Church is to be a “light for the revelation of the nations”. Pentecost Sunday Year B, 19 May 2024.


Scripture reflection: The spirit of truth

12 May 2024

Today we celebrate the great day of Pentecost, when Christ filled the Church with the power of his Spirit and sent his followers out into the world to bring his peace, joy and mercy to all. Pentecost Sunday Year B.


Scripture reflection: Go out to the whole world!

2 May 2024

Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. The Ascension of the Lord Year B, 12 May 2024.


Homily notes: Triumph of the Risen Lord

Fr Brendan Byrne SJ 2 May 2024

What the disciples must understand is that, empowered by the Spirit, that through their hands and feet and mouth Jesus will continue his messianic work until the end of time. 


Homily notes: Remain in my love

Fr Brendan Byrne SJ 28 April 2024

The scriptural offerings for today tap some of the richest veins of Johannine literature. A single phrase in the Gospel sums it up: “Remain in my love.” Homily notes for the Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B.


Scripture reflection: As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you

25 April 2024

Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B, 5 May 2024.


Scripture reflections: I am the vine, you are the branches

18 April 2024

Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B, 28 April 2024.


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B

18 April 2024

Today's Gospel alludes to the need for believers to maintain the closest possible union with Christ. Homily notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B.


Scripture reflections: They too will listen to my voice

11 April 2024

Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Fourth week of Easter Year B, 21 April 2024.


Homily notes: 'Good Shepherd' Sunday

Fr Brendan Byrne SJ 11 April 2024

The Fourth Sunday after Easter is traditionally ‘Good Shepherd’ Sunday, with the Gospel reading taken from the long discourse in John 10 where Jesus presents himself in this attractive image. 


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