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Scripture reflections and commentaries

22 May 2017


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Scripture reflections: ‘The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly’

12 August 2020 |

Today’s readings give thanks to God who, though from on high, looks to the lowly. 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 23 August 2020


Homily notes: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

12 August 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The focus of the readings is on the Church, equipping the community of disciples with authority and structures enabling it to function when Jesus will no longer be with them in the human form they have known.


Scripture reflections: Have a care for justice ...

05 August 2020 |

God’s plan of salvation is for all people. The loving Spirit of God is poured into the whole of creation and rests within everyone. 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 16 August 2020


Homily notes: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 16 August 2020

05 August 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

We can find a single theme running through all three readings this Sunday: the inclusive scope of God’s saving plan.


Scripture reflections: ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’

29 July 2020 |

The readings this week reveal an ever-present God who reaches out to us and brings peace, especially amid the storms of our own lives. 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 9 August 2020


Homily notes: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

29 July 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The First Reading and the Gospel today both describe a memorable experience of God following violent manifestations of nature.


Homily notes: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 2 August 2020

22 July 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The theme uniting the readings this week is clearly that of the boundless generosity of God: God gives freely and God gives in extravagant measure.


Scripture reflections: Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ!

22 July 2020 |

In today’s readings, we celebrate the great love of God, who not only gives us life, but desires to sustain and nourish us generously too. 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 2 August 2020


Scripture reflections: The Kingdom of Heaven ...

15 July 2020 |

The parables this week stress in particular the great value of the kingdom. 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 26 July 2020


Homily notes: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

15 July 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

 The kingdom of God is essentially future; it is not yet something one can 'possess'. People who catch a glimpse of it from Jesus’ preaching know they have come on a treasure that will fulfil lifelong desires and aspirations.


Homily notes: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 July 2020

10 July 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Taken by itself, the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds, as with all the parables in the chapter, addresses the nature of the kingdom of God.


Scripture reflections: God knows everything in our hearts

10 July 2020 |

This week, perhaps I might ask the Lord for a deeper trust to share all things with him in my prayer, even those things I find it hardest to express – knowing that he already sees and understands.


Homily notes: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

02 July 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Jesus scatters his message in a similarly casual way to that of the sower in the parable. In some cases it is lost, but when it really strikes home the 'yield' can be tremendous. Homily notes for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 12 July 2020


Scripture reflection: ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow …’

01 July 2020 |

The readings this week are linked by images of nature, water, rain, growing crops and harvest. 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 12 July 2020


Scripture reflection: ‘Come to me, and I will give you rest’

24 June 2020 |

There is a welcome thread of joy and encouragement woven throughout the readings for this Sunday. Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 5 July 2020


Homily notes: No one knows the Son except the Father

24 June 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Jesus comes back again and again to this image of the child to communicate a sense of human relationship to God. Homily notes for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 5 July 2020.


Scripture reflection: ‘Who do you say I am?’

20 June 2020 |

In celebrating the feast of Saints Peter and Paul we pray that their faith and example will encourage us at this time. Year A, 29 June 2020


Scripture reflection: ‘Follow in my footsteps …’

17 June 2020 |

In this week’s readings we hear about the choices that have to be made in living a life in Christ, as well as of God’s generosity to anyone who welcomes a prophet or disciple. Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 28 June 2020


Homily notes: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

17 June 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

If a common thread is to be found between the First Reading and the Gospel, it probably lies in the idea of 'welcome. Homily notes for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 28 June 2020.


Scripture reflection: ‘Do not be afraid’

10 June 2020 |

As followers of Christ, we are being called to trust in God our Father, who knows us intimately and understands our needs.


Homily notes: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 21 June 2020

10 June 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

This week's readings focus on the phenomenon of evil in the world and the fate that appears to await those who would seek to confront it in fidelity to the Gospel. 


Scripture reflection: Christ is our Food and Drink

03 June 2020 |

The feast of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that Christ gave us his body and blood as spiritual sustenance.


Homily notes: The Feast of Corpus Christi Year A

03 June 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne

An advantages of having a separate feast, Corpus Christi, is that it enables the Eucharist to be set in the wider scriptural context that has attended it from the beginning.


Scripture reflection: ‘The God of Love and Peace be with you!’

27 May 2020 |

On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we are all invited to be drawn deeper into the rhythm of this eternal dance of love.


Homily notes: Trinity Sunday (Year A)

27 May 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

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


Scripture reflection: ‘Peace be with you!’

20 May 2020 |

Pentecost is the day when celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church’s mission to the world. Pentecost Sunday Year A, 31 May 2020


Homily notes: Pentecost Sunday Year A, 31 May 2020

20 May 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Each of the scriptural readings brings out a key feature of the early Church's snese of being a community created, enlivened and equipped by the Spirit of God. 


Homily notes: Ascension Sunday Year A

14 May 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The disciples are assured that, as a result of Jesus' messianic enthronement, an empowering ‘clothing’ with his Spirit will come down on them and accompany them as they take his Word and witness ‘to the ends of the earth’. 

 


Scripture reflection: The Lord goes up with shouts of joy!

13 May 2020 |

For the Apostles, the Ascension is another huge step in experiencing the Lord’s presence as they continue his work. The Ascension of the Lord Year A, 24 May 2020


Scripture reflection: Speak out with a voice of joy … the Lord has set his people free!

06 May 2020 |

Even though we remain conscious of the real trauma that many continue to struggle with today, there is a sense of joy in this week’s readings. Sixth Sunday of Easter Year A, 17 May 2020


Homily notes: Sixth Sunday of Easter

06 May 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The essential idea behind ‘Paraclete’ is that of someone who stands beside you in time of difficulty, providing a comforting, supportive and encouraging presence. Homily notes for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A), 17 May 2020


Scripture reflection: Ring out your joy to the Lord!

29 April 2020 |

This week’s readings speak powerfully of faith, hope and trust in God.


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

29 April 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Jesus wants to insist his departure to the Father will not mean loss but enrichment. Homily notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A), 10 May 2020


Scripture reflection: My sheep hear my voice

22 April 2020 |

In prayers this week, you may want to take time to speak to Jesus as your shepherd and reflect on what that means for you.


Homily notes: Fourth Sunday of Easter Year A

22 April 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Today’s readings feature a series of themes loosely connected around the ‘Shepherd-Sheep’ image.


Scripture reflection: Did our hearts not burn within us?

18 April 2020 |

Our readings this Sunday are full of the firm faith in the resurrection of Jesus, both in the teachings of St Peter and in the witness of the disciples in Emmaus.


Homily notes: Third Sunday of Easter (Year A)

15 April 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A), 26 April 2017. 


Scripture reflections: My Lord and my God!

12 April 2020 |

Scripture reflections for the Second Sunday of Easter (Year A), 19 April 2020. 


Homily notes: Second Sunday of Easter (Year A)

12 April 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the readings for the Second Sunday of Easter (Year A), 19 April 2020. 


Scripture reflections: 'Rejoice and be glad'

01 April 2020 |

Scripture reflections for Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020.


Homily notes: Holy Week

01 April 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil Mass.


Scripture reflection: O Lord, do not leave me alone!

25 March 2020 |

Even as we walk in sorrow with Jesus this Holy Week, we look forward to Easter joy in the Resurrection. Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord Year A, 5 April 2020


Homily notes: Passion (Palm) Sunday Year A, 5 April

25 March 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Matthew wants to bring out in his Gospel is the truth that, though Jesus is entering David’s city as its Messianic king and is rightly acclaimed as such by his disciples, he is not doing so in the way of worldly rulers.


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year A, 29 March

18 March 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The readings from the Fourth Gospel come to a climax with the account of Jesus’ raising of his friend Lazarus from the dead.


Scripture reflection: With the Lord there is Mercy and Redemption

18 March 2020 |

As we contemplate this week’s readings, may we draw closer to our Lord and accompany him as he sets his face towards Jerusalem. Fifth Sunday in Lent Year A, 29 March 2020


Scripture reflection: ‘Wake up from your sleep and Christ will shine on you!’

11 March 2020 |

Each year, Laetare (‘Rejoice’) Sunday gives encouragement to all those travelling the Lenten road to Holy Week and Easter. Fourth Sunday in Lent Year A, 22 March 2020


Homily notes: Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A, 22 March 2020

11 March 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The Gospel reading of Jesus’ cure of the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41) is, of course, the story of a journey from darkness into light.


Scripture reflection: ‘Listen to his voice!’

04 March 2020 |

In Lent we are all invited to meet Jesus in a personal way. Jesus understands all that we truly need. Third Sunday in Lent Year A, 15 March 2020


Homily notes: Third Sunday of Lent Year A, 15 March

04 March 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The drama of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well shows how one person’s conversion in conversation with Jesus foreshadows and indeed leads to a world-wide outreach of salvation.


Scripture reflection: ‘Stand up, do not be afraid!’

29 February 2020 |

As we continue our Lenten journey, we might want to focus our prayer on all those who are afraid. Second Sunday in Lent Year A, 8 March 2020


Homily notes: Second Sunday of Lent Year A, 8 March

26 February 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Particularly in this season of Lent, we are called to sit lightly to the conventional securities offered by this world, to rest, rather, in a promise and vision of ‘blessedness’ held out by God.


Scripture reflections: ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone.’

19 February 2020 |

As we move into this holy season of Lent, the readings slowly begin to prepare us to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. First Sunday in Lent Year A, 1 March 2020


Homily notes: First Sunday of Lent Year A, 1 March

19 February 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The theme linking the First Reading and the Gospel is that of ‘temptation’, with the Second Reading offering Paul’s densely theological contrast between Adam and Christ.


Scripture reflection: The Lord is Compassion and Love

12 February 2020 |

An understanding of the true teaching of the Law is presented in different ways in this week’s readings. Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 23 February 2020


Homily notes: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 23 February

12 February 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Today’s Gospel takes up the last two of the six pronouncements with which Jesus authoritatively reinterprets the Torah (Law) of Moses in the direction of the ‘deeper righteousness’ required of the community of the Kingdom.


Homily notes: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 16 February 2020

05 February 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount begins to offer the reinterpretation of the Torah (Law) of Moses that is so central to the presentation of him in the Gospel of Matthew.


Scripture reflections: ‘Be my protector, O God … ’

05 February 2020 |

God’s law is born in love and given in love. Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 16 February 2020


Scripture reflections: A good person is a light in darkness

29 January 2020 |

The readings this week speak of the need for those who believe in God to show that this makes a difference to the way they treat others. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 9 February 2020


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 9 February 2020

29 January 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The theme that runs through the Scripture readings today and that has determined their choice is clearly that of ‘light’.


Homily notes: Presentation of The Lord Year A, 2 February 2020

22 January 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Forty days after the celebration of Christ’s birth we interrupt the ordinary Sunday cycle to celebrate the Presentation of the Lord.


Scripture reflections: ‘My eyes have seen the light of salvation!’

22 January 2020 |

Forty days after Christmas, we observe the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple (the feast of Candlemas), when we celebrate Christ as the light of the world. 2nd February 2020


Scripture reflections: ‘The Lord is my Light and my Help’

15 January 2020 |

Let us remember that we do not pray alone, but belong to a community of believers united by our baptism. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 26 January 2020


Homily notes: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 26 January 2020

15 January 2020 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Matthew never misses a chance to point to the fulfilment of Scripture – and therefore of God’s saving plan – in all the details of Jesus’ life.


Homily notes: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 January 2020

08 January 2020 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Read with Christian hindsight, the Isaiah text writes the script for the destiny of Jesus to be not only Messiah of Israel but Saviour of the world.


Scripture reflections: ‘I will make you the light of the nations!’

08 January 2020 |

This week, we might pray for the grace of an ‘open ear’ and an open heart. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 January 2020


Scripture reflections: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved’

01 January 2020 |

Matthew’s account of the baptism of Jesus shows Jesus to be the beloved Son of God, anointed by the Father with the Holy Spirit and with power. Baptism of the Lord Year A, 12 January 2020


Homily notes: Baptism of The Lord Year A, 12 January 2020

01 January 2020 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Today’s feast of the Baptism marks a swift transition from Jesus’ infancy and childhood to the event that inaugurates his adult public ministry.


Homily notes: Christmastide 2019-New Year 2020

14 December 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Nativity of the Lord, Feast of the Holy Family, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (1 January 2020) and the Feast of the Epiphany (5 January 2020)


Scripture reflections: ‘His name will be Emmanuel, A name which means God-is-with-us’

11 December 2019 |

As Christians, we wait in quiet hope for the coming of our Saviour whose birth is our reason to celebrate. Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A, 22 December 2019


Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A, 22 December 2019

11 December 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The angelic messenger turns everything around for Joseph. Mary’s pregnancy has not come about through infidelity but through the agency of God’s Holy Spirit.


Scripture reflections over Christmas

10 December 2019 |

Scripture reflections for Christmas Midnight Mass, the Feast of the Holy Family on 29 January and the Feast of the Epiphany.


Scripture reflections: Rejoice in the Lord always; indeed the Lord is near!

04 December 2019 |

God’s promise to us is that he will save us and therefore we must not lose heart. Third Sunday of Advent Year A 15 December 2019


Third Sunday of Advent Year A, 15 December 2019

04 December 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The First Reading from Isaiah gives expression to the messianic hope, which also has an ‘ecological’ aspect this week.


Scripture reflection: Prepare for the coming of Jesus through repentance

27 November 2019 |

As we take another step into Advent, the First Reading introduces one of the main themes of this period of the year: Peace. Second Sunday of Advent Year A, 8 December 2019.


Second Sunday of Advent Year A, 8 December 2019

27 November 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

John’s baptism rite was preparatory to Jesus’ proclamation of good news.


Scripture reflections: ‘Let us walk in the light of the Lord’

20 November 2019 |

At the start of the Church’s year, we enter the wondrous season of Advent with an exhortation to ‘stay awake’. First Sunday of Advent Year A, 1 December 2019.


First Sunday of Advent Year A, 1 December 2019

20 November 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The readings for Advent begin with a magnificent passage from the early chapters of Isaiah, the prophet whose writings will dominate the entire season.


Scripture reflection: Jesus is the image of the unseen God

13 November 2019 |

Today we celebrate our King whose wealth lies in his love for all, and whose authority is exercised through the service of those who are often considered the least in society. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Year C, 24 November.


Christ the King Year C, 24 November 2019

13 November 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The readings do not shrink from bringing out the paradox involved in claiming the Crucified One as “King”.


33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 17 November

06 November 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

We retain the doctrine of the “Second Coming” in our creeds because we believe in the eventual triumph of God’s sovereignty in the universe.


Scripture Reflections: Acclaim the King, the Lord!

06 November 2019 |

The readings encourage us to look at our world with open eyes, without pretence; to be filled with hope because God is faithful, working always for good. 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 17 November 2019


Scripture reflection: We are sons and daughters of God

30 October 2019 |

This Sunday’s readings focus on God being at our side at all times. Through our belief in the resurrection, we are his children. Our God is the God of the living. 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 10 November 2019.


32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 10 November

30 October 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Genuine martyrdom is always an affirmation, not a denial, of life. People of faith [hold] some values are so essential to human existence that they are, in fact, worth dying for.


Homily notes: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 3 November

23 October 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

'Little by little' God corrects those who offend and sets them back on the path to life.


Scripture reflections: ‘Hurry to help me, Lord, my Saviour!’

23 October 2019 |

However unworthy we may seem, God seeks us out and calls us to him. 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 3 November 2019.


Homily notes: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 27 October

16 October 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The Lord does not grant favours like the powerful in this world. Rather, he is inclined to listen to those in the greatest distress.


Scripture reflection: God be merciful to me, a sinner!

16 October 2019 |

Paul encourages the new followers of Christ to hold firm to the life God gives. 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 27 October 2019.


Scripture reflection: ‘Pray continually’

09 October 2019 |

God is faithful; he is our guardian and he never sleeps. This trust and confidence are needed when our God seems to be silent. 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 20 October 2019.


Homily notes: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 20 October 2019

09 October 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Believers must support each other in prayer – especially as persevering in that exercise can often be a trial of faith.


Scripture reflection: Give thanks to the Lord!

02 October 2019 |

Let us pray for each other that we may be a source of God’s healing to those who are rejected today. 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 13 October 2019.


Homily notes: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 13 October

02 October 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Luke’s Gospel on Sunday is not just about the healing of an afflicted person. For all else involved, including ourselves, it is a summons to conversion.


Scripture reflection: ‘Increase our faith!’

25 September 2019 |

We need the gift of faith and the patience of faithfulness to give us a new vision and understanding of the world. 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 6 October 2019.


Homily notes: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 6 October 2019

25 September 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The common theme linking the readings for today – at least the First Reading, from Habakkuk 1-2, and the Gospel, Luke 17:5-10 – would seem to be that of faith. That said, it must be admitted that the readings do go in rather different directions.


Scripture reflection: ‘It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever’

18 September 2019 |

This week’s readings remind us that we are called to share our gifts and possessions with those who have less than we do. 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 29 September 2019.


Homily notes: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 29 September 2019

18 September 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Today’s readings point to the difficulty that even believers have in hearing the gospel of social justice.


Homily notes: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 22 September 2019

11 September 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

As generally for Luke, the only really useful thing to do with money is to give it away so that it will store up “treasure in heaven”.


Scripture reflection: ‘Praise the Lord, who raises the poor’

11 September 2019 |

Lord help me be more aware of the real riches in my life. 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 22nd September 2019.


Scripture reflection: ‘There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner’

04 September 2019 |

Let’s ask God to help us become ever more deeply aware of his love and compassion for us. 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 15 September 2019.


Homily notes: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 15 September 2019

04 September 2019 |

The parables of the lost cohere around a central theme: the character of God in the face of human moral failure.


Homily notes: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 8 September 2019

28 August 2019 |

Those who adopt [Jesus’] mission, his commitments, and his way of life will inevitably cause some pain and sacrifice to their loved ones, who perhaps have other plans for them.


Scripture reflection: ‘I call you friends’, says the Lord

28 August 2019 |

In the coming days, let us place ourselves within the friendship of the Lord, which is both a place of refuge and source of strength. 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.


Scripture reflections: Gentle and humble of heart

21 August 2019 |

Today’s readings are a mixture of exhortations to be gentle and humble in our own lives, and to give practical hospitality to the poor. 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.


Homily notes: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 1 September 2019

21 August 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The liturgy is the place where we celebrate the actuality of what we believe, where we draw encouragement and hope for the journey that still lies ahead.


Homily notes: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 25 August 2019

14 August 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The hospitality of God is ample and generous. In the preaching of Jesus – continued down to our day in the preaching of the Church – we are all invited to the banquet.


Scripture reflections: Strong is his love for us!

14 August 2019 |

Today’s Psalm places the truth of God’s love for all of humanity at the centre of this Sunday’s liturgy. 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.


Scripture reflections: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth!’

07 August 2019 |

Jesus Christ, who came to bring fire on earth, gives us courage and hope to persevere in challenging times. 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 18 August 2019.


Homily notes: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 18 August

07 August 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The “peace” that Jesus brings is not a facile thing. It only becomes effective in the context of true conversion of heart.


Homily notes, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 11 August 2019

01 August 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

What needs to be attended to is the capacity and readiness of human beings to receive what God has in store.


Scripture reflections: ‘Watch ... wait ...be ready!’

31 July 2019 |

In trust and hope our soul is waiting for the Lord. 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 11 August 2019.


Scripture reflections: ‘Greed … is the same thing as worshipping a false God.’

24 July 2019 |

What really matters is making ourselves rich in the sight of God. 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 4 August 2019.


Homily notes: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 4 August

24 July 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The common theme across the three readings this week is ususally translated to meen avarice or greed, both of which are accurate enough but do not fully catch the nuance of the original Greek.


Homily notes: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 28 July 2019

17 July 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Prayer, and the attitude to God that true prayer requires, is central to this week’s readings.


Scripture reflections: ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’

17 July 2019 |

Today’s readings reveal a parent God who cares for us. We are his children, the ‘works of his hands’. 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 28 July 2019.


Scripture reflections: ‘Welcome, Lord!’

10 July 2019 |

May we also welcome God’s Word this week and ponder it. 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 21 July 2019.


Homily notes: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 21 July 2019

10 July 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The point to notice is that the guest(s) come not simply to receive but also to give.


Scripture reflections: ‘The Word is very near you’

03 July 2019 |

We are called to love God with all our heart, soul and being. 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 14 July 2019.


Homily notes: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 14 July 2019

03 July 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The parable of the Good Samaritan, which forms the Gospel for today (Luke 10:25-37), is one of those parts of the New Testament concerning which we would have to say that, if it were lacking, Christianity would be something else.


Homily notes: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 7 July 2019

26 June 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The Church is essentially missionary in nature: its supreme task is to proclaim the onset of the Kingdom of God.


Scripture reflection: ‘Peace to this house!’

26 June 2019 |

We are called to become messengers of peace and hope in word and deed. 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 7 July 2019.


Scripture reflection: ‘Follow me!’

19 June 2019 |

Being Jesus’ disciple involves total commitment and support. Reflections for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 30 June 2019.


Homily notes: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 30 June 2019

19 June 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Messiah and Son of God though he is, this status will not exempt him from treading the ordinary human part of suffering and death. 


Scripture reflection: ‘It is the Lord!’

12 June 2019 |

As we give God thanks this week particularly for the Sacrament of the Eucharist, may we be ever more conscious of the Lord’s presence pervading all things. The Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi) Year C, 23 June 2019.


Homily notes: Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Year C, 23 June 2019

12 June 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The Eucharist is meant to be the way in which the post-Easter community continues to experience and celebrate the hospitality of God, a pledge and foretaste of the banquet of the final Kingdom.


Homily notes: The Most Holy Trinity Year C, 16 June 2019

05 June 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The sense of Three Persons in the One God came into being as a way of expressing the Christian sense of being drawn into the divine communion of love.


Scripture reflection: ‘The love of God has been poured into our hearts’

05 June 2019 |

Our faith is based on a God of relationship, and will deepen when we enter more fully into that relationship through prayer. The Most Holy Trinity Year C, 16 June 2019.


Scripture reflection: ‘The Spirit of God has made his home in you.’

29 May 2019 |

Let us celebrate and ask to feel a sense of Spirit-filled awareness and joy, as we pray that we may work with Trinity and each other in the service of the Church. Pentecost Sunday Year C, 9 June 2019.


Homily notes: Pentecost Sunday Year C, 9 June

29 May 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The Spirit communicates to believers a sense of the intimacy with God that is theirs as sons and daughters in union with Christ.


Homily notes: The Ascension of the Lord Year C, 2 June 2019

22 May 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The Ascension is the feast that celebrates the hope that Jesus’ triumph will ultimately be ours as well.


Scripture reflection: ‘My peace I give unto you'

15 May 2019 |

Jesus promises that he, together with the Father, will come to dwell in all those who keep his word, and announces the coming of the Spirit. Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C, 26 May 2019.


Homily notes: 6th Sunday of Easter Year C, 26 May 2019

15 May 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Believers will have a sense of Jesus’ presence through three things – love, the Holy Spirit and peace.


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C, 19 May 2019

08 May 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

In the Fourth Gospel, the glory of God, revealed in this terrifying and remote way to the Israelites, has now been made manifest in the human flesh of Jesus.


Scripture reflections: ‘Love one another, just as I have loved you’

08 May 2019 |

Jesus’s new commandment to love one another as he loves us is the key to transforming the world. Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C, 19 May 2019.


Homily notes: 4th Sunday of Easter Year C, 12 May 2019

02 May 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Those most vulnerable are those whose shepherds are not strong but the Christian community need have no fear in this regard. Their Shepherd is strong with the strength of God.


Scripture reflections: ‘I know them and they follow me’

01 May 2019 |

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (12 May) is always kept as Good Shepherd Sunday.


Scripture reflection: ‘It is the Lord!’

24 April 2019 |

We are still in the season of the full joy of the Resurrection, and our scripture readings lead us to a deepening of our faith and an understanding of this great mystery. Third Sunday of Easter Year C, 5 May 2019.


Homily notes: 3rd Sunday of Easter Year C, 5 May 2019

24 April 2019 |

In today’s Gospel, fishers of fish are transformed into fishers of people.


Homily notes: 2nd Sunday of Easter Year C, 28 April

17 April 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

As the Father sent Jesus into the world so he now sends the disciples, to be in their turn and through their mutual love for one another, the embodiment of that same divine love.


Scripture reflections: ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you’

17 April 2019 |

hikers walking-deposit.comLet us pray that our hearts may be open to recognising the Risen Christ present among us. Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year C, 28 April 2019.


Scripture reflections: ‘Christ, my hope, has risen!’

10 April 2019 |

On Easter Sunday (21 April) we arrive at the oldest of the Church’s Feast Days, and the pinnacle of the liturgical year: the wonder-filled celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Homily notes: Easter Sunday, Year C, 21 April 2019

10 April 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The ‘disciple whom Jesus loved’, who enters the empty tomb of Jesus and believes, is the representative for all of us – believers of subsequent generations.


Scripture reflections: Praying Holy Week 2019

10 April 2019 |

Scripture reflections for Monday, 15 April to Saturday, 20 April.


Scripture reflection: O Lord, do not leave me alone!

03 April 2019 |

Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord Year C, 14 April 2019.


Homily notes: Passion (Palm) Sunday Year C, 14 April

03 April 2019 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Jesus comes to Jerusalem (the ‘City of Peace’) but he brings it a peace that is different from that which prevails in a purely political sense.


Scripture reflection: ‘Has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you.’

27 March 2019 |

Fifth Sunday in Lent Year C, 7 April 2019


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year C, 7 April 2019

27 March 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The readings this week, each in some way, reveal that the primary intent of God with respect to human beings is to set them free – to call them out of the various captivities in which they find themselves.


Scripture reflection: ‘Rejoice! This child of mine was lost, and is found!’

20 March 2019 |

Fourth Sunday in Lent Year C, 31 March 2019.


Homily notes: Fourth Sunday of Lent Year C, 31 March 2019

20 March 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The Parable of the Lost (Prodigal) Son imposes a trajectory of “lostness” and “foundedness” over the more conventionally religious one of sin and forgiveness.


Scripture reflection: ‘My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me’

13 March 2019 |

moses and the burning bush-depositphotos.comThird Sunday in Lent Year C, 24 March 2019.


Homily notes: Third Sunday of Lent Year C, 24 March 2019

13 March 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The essential task of a prophet in the biblical tradition is to summon people to conversion.


Homily notes: Second Sunday of Lent Year C, 17 March 2019

06 March 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

For the Twelve, following Jesus will mean taking up one’s own cross daily and laying down one’s life in order to find it.


Scripture reflection: ‘This is my Son. Listen to him!’

06 March 2019 |

Second Sunday in Lent Year C, 17 March 2019


Scripture reflection: When you call, I shall answer: ‘I am with you’

28 February 2019 |

Judean hills desert - depositphotos.comFirst Sunday in Lent Year C, 10 March 2019


Homily notes: First Sunday of Lent Year C, 10 March 2019

27 February 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Lent is a time when we are invited to go into the desert with Jesus: to share both his conflict and his victory, to feel something of our own weakness and temptations, to know the depth of our reliance on God’s grace.


Scripture reflection: ‘The just will flourish ... still bearing fruit when they are old.’

21 February 2019 |

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 3 March 2019.


Homily notes: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 3 March 2019

20 February 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Get the heart – the fundamental attitude – right, Jesus seems to be saying, and all else will follow.


Scripture reflection: ‘The Lord is compassion and love’

13 February 2019 |

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 24 February 2019.


Homily notes: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 24 February 2019

13 February 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The central theme of Sunday’s Gospel is the radical command to ‘love your enemies’, with concrete illustrations on how that may look.


Homily notes: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 17 February 2019

06 February 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

There are hardly any statements in the New Testament more challenging and provocative than the Beatitudes.


Scripture reflection: ‘Happy are those who trust in the Lord’

06 February 2019 |

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 17 February 2019


Scripture reflection: ‘Here I am, Lord, send me ...’

30 January 2019 |

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 10 February 2019


Homily notes: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 10 February 2019

30 January 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

It is when Jesus challenges Peter in his own expertise – catching fish ­– that Peter becomes aware of the presence and power of God.


Scripture reflection: ‘Make it our glory to praise you!’

23 January 2019 |

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 3 February 2019.


Homily notes: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 3 February 2019

23 January 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

There is great danger and potential for violence when the boundaries of comfort and convention are challenged.


Scripture reflection: ‘The Law of the Lord is perfect’

16 January 2019 |

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 27 January 2019


Homily notes: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 27 January 2019

16 January 2019 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Luke’s Gospel gives believers of non-Jewish background a firm identity. This identity is for all generations, right down to ourselves.


Scripture reflection: ‘Your words are Spirit, Lord, and they are life’

09 January 2019 |

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 20 January 2019.


Homily notes: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 20 January 2019

09 January 2019 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 20 January 2019.


Scripture reflection: ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’

06 January 2019 |

The Baptism of the Lord Year C, 13 January 2019


Homily notes: Baptism of the Lord Year C, 13 January 2019

06 January 2019 | Brendan Byrne SJ

With the feast of the Baptism we make a swift transition from Jesus’ childhood to the event that, in all four gospels, inaugurates his adult public ministry.


Scripture reflections: Christmastide

17 December 2018 |

Scripture reflections for Christmas, The Feast of the Holy Family (Sunday, 30 December 2018) and the Feast of the Epiphany (Sunday, 6 January 2019). 


Scripture reflection: ‘In search of true peace’

13 December 2018 |

Fourth Sunday of Advent Year C, 23 December 2018.


Homily notes: 4th Sunday of Advent Year C, 23 December 2018

13 December 2018 |

Homily notes for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year C, 23 December 2108.


Scripture reflection: ‘The Lord is near!’

06 December 2018 |

3rd Sunday of Advent Year C, 16 December 2018.


Homily notes: 3rd Sunday of Advent Year C, 16 December 2018

06 December 2018 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the 3rd Sunday of Advent Year C, 16 December 2018.


Homily notes: 2nd Sunday of Advent Year C, 9 December 2018

29 November 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year C, 9 December 2018.


Scripture reflection: ‘What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad!’

29 November 2018 |

2nd Sunday of Advent Year C, 9 December 2018.


Scripture reflection: ‘As I wait, to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul’

22 November 2018 |

First Sunday of Advent Year C, 2 December 2018.


Homily notes: First Sunday of Advent Year C, 2 December 2018

22 November 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year C, 2 December 2018.


Scripture reflection: ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world’

15 November 2018 |

Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King Year B, 25 November


Homily notes: Feast of Christ the King, Year B, 25 November 2018

15 November 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Feast of Christ the King, Year B, 25 November 2018.


Homily notes: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 18 November 2018

08 November 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 18 November 2018.


Scripture reflection: ‘My words will endure forever’

08 November 2018 |

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 18 November 2018


Homily notes: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 11 November 2018

01 November 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 11 November 2018.


Scripture reflection: The Lord upholds the widow and orphan

31 October 2018 |

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11 November 2018.


Scripture reflection: The Lord our God is the one Lord

25 October 2018 |

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 November 2018.


Homily notes: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 November 2018

25 October 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 November 2018.


Homily notes: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 28 October 2018

18 October 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 28 October 2018.


Scripture reflection: Courage . . . Get up! Jesus is calling you

18 October 2018 |

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 28 October 2018.


Scripture reflection: To you I call; for you will surely heed me, O God

11 October 2018 |

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 21 October 2018.


Homily notes: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 21 October 2018

11 October 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 21 October 2018


Homily notes: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 14 October 2018

04 October 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 14 October 2018


Scripture reflection: The Word of God is alive and active

04 October 2018 |

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 14 October 2018


Scripture reflection: May the Lord bless us all the days of our life

28 September 2018 |

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 7 October 2018.


Homily notes: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 7 October 2018

27 September 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 7 October 2018


Scripture reflection: “Anyone who is not against us is for us.”

20 September 2018 |

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 30 September 2018


Homily notes: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 30 September 2018

20 September 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 30 September 2018


Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me

13 September 2018 |

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 23 September 2018


Homily notes: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 23 September 2018

13 September 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 23 September 2018


Homily notes: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 16 September 2018

06 September 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 16 September 2018


Scripture reflection: Who do you say I am?

06 September 2018 |

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 16 September 2018


Homily notes: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 9 September 2018

30 August 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 9 September 2018


Scripture reflection: Be Opened!

30 August 2018 |

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 9 September 2018


Homily notes: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 2 September 2018

23 August 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 2 September 2018


Scripture reflection: You must do what the Word tells you

23 August 2018 |

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 2 September 2018


Scripture reflection: The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life

16 August 2018 |

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 26 August 2018


Homily notes: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 26 August 2018

16 August 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 26 August 2018


Homily notes: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 19 August 2018

09 August 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 19 August 2018


Scripture reflection: Taste and see that the Lord is good

09 August 2018 |

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 19 August 2018


Homily notes: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 12 August 2018

02 August 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 12 August 2018


Scripture reflection: Taste and see that the Lord is good!

02 August 2018 |

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 12 August 2018


Scripture reflection: Christ satisfies our hunger

26 July 2018 |

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 5 August 2018


Homily notes: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 5 August 2018

26 July 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 5 August 2018


Homily notes: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 29 July 2018

19 July 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 29 July 2018


Scripture reflection: One bread, one body

19 July 2018 |

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 29 July 2018


Homily notes: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 22 July 2018

12 July 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 22 July 2018


Scripture reflection: See I have God for my help; The Lord sustains my soul.

12 July 2018 |

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 22 July 2018


Scripture reflection: Before the world was made, he chose us

05 July 2018 |

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 15 July 2018


Homily notes: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 15 July 2018

05 July 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 15 July 2018


Homily notes: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 8 July 2018

28 June 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 8 July 2018


Scripture reflection: 'My Grace is Enough'

28 June 2018 |

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 8 July 2018


Scripture reflection: 'Do not be afraid; only have faith!'

21 June 2018 |

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 1 July 2018


Homily notes: 13th Sunday In Ordinary Time Year B, 1 July 2018

21 June 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 13th Sunday In Ordinary Time Year B, 1 July 2018


Homily notes: The Nativity of St John the Baptist Year B, 24 June 2018

14 June 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for The Nativity of St John the Baptist Year B, 24 June 2018


Scripture reflection: Testify to the light

14 June 2018 |

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Year B, 24 June 2018


Scripture reflection: The Kingdom of God

07 June 2018 |

11 Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 17 June 2018


Homily notes: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 17 June 2018

07 June 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 17 June 2018


Homily notes: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 10 June 2018

31 May 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 10 June 2018


Scripture reflection: With the Lord, there is mercy and redemption

31 May 2018 |

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 10 June 2018


Scripture reflection: 'This is my body'

24 May 2018 |

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Year B, 3 June 2018


Homily notes:The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Year B, 3 June 2018

24 May 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Year B, 3 June 2018


Homily notes: The Most Holy Trinity Year B, 27 May 2018

17 May 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for The Most Holy Trinity Year B, 27 May 2018


Scripture reflection: Our spirit and God’s Spirit are united as we call God “Abba, Father”

17 May 2018 |

The Most Holy Trinity Year B, 27 May 2018


Scripture reflection: 'Come, Holy Spirit!'

10 May 2018 |

Pentecost Sunday Year B, 20 May 2018


Homily notes: Pentecost Sunday Year B, 20 May 2018

10 May 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Pentecost Sunday Year B, 20 May 2018


Scripture reflection: 'I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'

03 May 2018 |

Ascension of the Lord Year B, 13 May 2018


Homily notes: Ascension of The Lord Year B, 13 May 2018

03 May 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Ascension of The Lord Year B, 13 May 2018


Homily notes: Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B, 6 May 2018

26 April 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B, 6 May 2018


Scripture reflection: God is Love!

26 April 2018 |

Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B, 6 May 2018


Scripture reflection: The one who lives in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit

19 April 2018 |

Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B, 29 April 2018


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B, 29 April 2018

19 April 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B, 29 April 2018


Homily notes: Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B, 22 April 2018

12 April 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B, 22 April 2018


Scripture reflection: The Good Shepherd knows us and we know him

12 April 2018 |

Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B, 22 April 2018


Homily notes: Third Sunday of Easter Year B, 15 April 2018

08 April 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Third Sunday of Easter Year B, 15 April 2018


Scripture reflection: Christ, our Advocate with the Father

08 April 2018 |

Third Sunday of Easter Year B, 15 April 2018


Scripture reflection: Divine Mercy Sunday

01 April 2018 |

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year B, 8 April 2018


Homily notes: Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year B, 8 April 2018

01 April 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily Notes for Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year B, 8 April 2018


Homily notes: Easter Sunday Year B, 1 April 2018

25 March 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Easter Sunday Year B, 1 April 2018


Scripture reflection: Rejoice!

25 March 2018 |

Easter Sunday Year B, 1 April 2018


Scripture reflection: Oh Lord, do not leave me alone, my strength, make haste to help me.

18 March 2018 |

Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord Year B, 25 March 2018


Homily notes: Lent Passion (Palm) Sunday Year B, 25 March 2018

18 March 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Lent Passion (Palm) Sunday Year B, 25 March 2018


Homily notes: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B, 18 March 2018

11 March 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B, 18 March 2018


Scripture reflection: ‘If anyone serves me, they must follow me’

11 March 2018 |

Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B, 18 March 2018


Scripture Reflection: We are God's work of art

04 March 2018 |

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year B, 11 March 2018


Homily notes: Fourth Sunday of Lent Year B, 11 March 2018

04 March 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Fourth Sunday of Lent Year B, 11 March 2018


Homily notes: Third Sunday of Lent Year B, 4 March 2018

25 February 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Third Sunday of Lent Year B, 4 March 2018


Scripture Reflection: Christ, the power and the wisdom of God

25 February 2018 |

Third Sunday of Lent Year B, 4 March 2018


Scripture reflection: Listen!

18 February 2018 |

Second Sunday of Lent Year B, 25 February 2018


Homily notes: Second Sunday of Lent Year B, 25 February 2018

18 February 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Second Sunday of Lent Year B, 25 Februry 2018


Scripture Reflection: Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love

11 February 2018 |

First Sunday of Lent Year B, 18 February 2018


Homily notes: First Sunday of Lent Year B, 18 February 2018

11 February 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for First Sunday of Lent Year B, 18 February 2018


Homily notes: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 11 February 2018

04 February 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 11 February 2018


Scripture reflection: 'If you want to, you can cure me...''Of course I want to, be cured!'

04 February 2018 |

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11 February 2018


Scripture reflection: 'Lord, everybody is looking for you!'

28 January 2018 |

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 February 2018


Homily notes: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 February 2018

28 January 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 February 2018


Homily notes: The Presentation of The Lord Year B, 2 February 2018

25 January 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for The Presentation of The Lord Year B, 2 February 2018


Scripture reflection: 'Let us allow the Lord to speak through our lives!'

23 January 2018 |

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 28 January 2018


Homily notes: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 28 January 2018

21 January 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 28 January 2018


Scripture reflection: 'Follow me!'

16 January 2018 |

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B. 


Homily notes: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 21 January 2018

14 January 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 21 January 2018


Scripture reflection: Here I am Lord!

09 January 2018 |

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.


Homily notes: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 14 January 2018

07 January 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 14 January 2018


Scripture reflection: Come, all you who are thirsty

06 January 2018 |

Baptism of the Lord Year B, 8 January 2018


Homily notes: The Baptism of The Lord Year B, 8 January 2018

06 January 2018 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for The Baptism of The Lord Year B, 8 January 2018


Homily notes: The Epiphany of The Lord Year B, 7 January 2018

31 December 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for The Epiphany of The Lord Year B, 7 January 2018


Scripture reflection: The Epiphany of the Lord

31 December 2017 |

The Epiphany of the Lord Year B, 7 January 2018


Scripture reflection: The Holy Family

24 December 2017 |

The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Year B, 31 December 2017


Homily notes: The Holy Family Year B, 31 December 2017

24 December 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for The Holy Family Year B, 31 December 2017


Homily notes: Christmas Midnight Mass, 25 December 2017

23 December 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Christmas Midnight Mass, 25 December 2017


Scripture reflections: Christmastide

22 December 2017 |

Christmastide Year B, 25 December 2017


Scripture reflection: The Lord is always faithful to his promises

17 December 2017 |

Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B, 24 December 2017


Homily notes: Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B, 24 December 2017

17 December 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B, 24 December 2017


Scripture reflection: Rejoice in the Lord always!

10 December 2017 |

Third Sunday of Advent Year B, 17 December 2017


Homily notes: Third Sunday of Advent Year B, 17 December 2017

10 December 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Third Sunday of Advent Year B, 17 December 2017


Homily notes: Second Sunday of Advent Year B, 10 December 2017

03 December 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Second Sunday of Advent Year B, 10 December 2017


Scripture reflection: Prepare a way for the Lord!

03 December 2017 |

Second Sunday of Advent Year B, 10 December 2017


Scripture reflection: Stay Awake!

27 November 2017 |

First Sunday of Advent Year B, 3 December 2017


Homily notes: First Sunday of Advent Year B, 3 December 2017

27 November 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for First Sunday of Advent Year B, 3 December 2017


Homily notes: Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King Year A, 26 November 2017

20 November 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King Year A, 26 November 2017 


Scripture Reflection: But Lord, when did we see you in need?

20 November 2017 |

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King Year A, 26 November 2017


Scripture reflection: The Lord gives us talents and asks us to use them in his service

12 November 2017 |

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 November 2017


Homily notes: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 November 2017

12 November 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 November 2017


Homily notes: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 12 November 2017

05 November 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 12 November 2017


Scripture reflection: Stay awake! Be ready!

05 November 2017 |

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 12 November 2017


Homily notes: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 5 November 2017

29 October 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 5 November 2017


Scripture reflection: Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord

29 October 2017 |

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 5 November 2017


Scripture reflection: 'Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son'

22 October 2017 |

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 29 October 2017


Homily notes: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 29 October 2017

22 October 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 29 October 2017


Scripture reflection: There is no other God besides me... apart from me, all is nothing.

16 October 2017 |

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 22 October 2017


Homily notes: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 22 October 2017

16 October 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 22 October 2017


Homily notes: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 15 October 2017

08 October 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 15 October 2017


Scripture reflection: Come - the Lord has prepared a banquet for us!

08 October 2017 |

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 15 October 2017


Scripture reflection: God is the master of all creation and the giver of all gifts

01 October 2017 |

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 8 October 2017


Homily notes: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 8 October 2017

01 October 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 8 October 2017


Scripture reflection: You must be the same as Christ Jesus

24 September 2017 |

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 1 October 2017


Homily notes: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 1 October 2017

24 September 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homilist notes for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 1 October 2017


Scripture reflection: 'My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways.'

18 September 2017 |

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 24 September 2017


Homily notes: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 24 September 2017

18 September 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homilist notes for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 24 September 2017


Scripture reflection: The Lord is Compassion and Love

11 September 2017 |

Scripture reflection: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 17 September 2017


Homily notes: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 17 September 2017

11 September 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 17 September 2017


Scripture reflection: ‘Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour’

04 September 2017 |

Scripture reflection: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 10 September 2017


Homily notes: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 10 September 2017

04 September 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 10 September 2017


Scripture reflection: Take up your cross and follow me

28 August 2017 |

Scripture reflection: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 3 September 2017


Homily notes: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 3 September 2017

28 August 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 3 September 2017


Scripture reflection: 'Listen, Lord, and answer me. Save your servant who trusts in you'

21 August 2017 |

Scripture reflection: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 27 August 2017


Scripture reflections: Let the peoples praise you, O God; Let all the peoples praise you

14 August 2017 |

Scripture reflections: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 20 August 2017


Scripture reflections: Courage! It is I!

07 August 2017 |

Scripture reflections: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 13 August 2017


Scripture reflections: "Listen to Him!"

31 July 2017 |

Scripture reflections: The Transfiguration of the Lord Year A, 6 August 2017


Homily notes: The Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A)

31 July 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A), 6 August 2017


Scripture reflections: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field

24 July 2017 |

Scripture reflections 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 30 July 2017


Scripture reflections: Christ sows the seed

10 July 2017 |

Scripture reflections 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 16 July 2017


Scripture reflections: My yoke is easy and my burden is light

03 July 2017 |

Scripture reflections 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A), 9 July 2017.


Scripture reflections: You are the glory of our strength

26 June 2017 |

Scripture reflections 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A), 2 July 2017.


Scripture reflections: In your great love, answer me, O God

19 June 2017 |

Scripture reflections for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A), 25 June 2017.


Scripture reflections: 'This is the bread come down from heaven'

12 June 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Feast of Corpus Christi (Year A), 18 June 2017.


Scripture reflections: 'He gave his only Son'

05 June 2017 |

Scripture reflections for Trinity Sunday (Year A), 11 June 2017.


Scripture reflections: 'Send forth your Spirit, O Lord'

29 May 2017 |

Scripture reflections for Pentecost Sunday (Year A), 4 June 2017.


Scripture reflections: 'God goes up with shouts of joy'

22 May 2017 |

Scripture reflections for Ascension Sunday (Year A), 28 May 2017.


Scripture reflections: 'If you love me you will keep my Commandments'

14 May 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A), 21 May 2017.


Scripture reflections: 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life'

08 May 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A), 14 May 2017. 


Scripture reflections: The Lord is my Shepherd

01 May 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A), 7 May 2017. 


Scripture reflections: Did not our hearts burn within as he talked to us?

24 April 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A), 30 April 2017. 


Scripture reflections: Palm Sunday

03 April 2017 |

Scripture reflections for Palm Sunday (Year A), 9 April 2017. 


Scripture reflections: His spirit is living in you

28 March 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A), 2 April 2017. 


Scripture reflections: 'Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her'

20 March 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A), 26 March 2017. 


Scripture reflections: Thirsting for Jesus

13 March 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Third Sunday of Lent (Year A), 19 March 2017. 


Scripture reflections: 'This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him!'

06 March 2017 |

Scripture reflections for the Second Sunday of Lent (Year A), 12 March 2017. 


Scripture reflection: Into the wilderness

27 February 2017 |

Sunday Scripture reflections for use in parish bulletins on the First Sunday of Lent (Year A). 


Gospel reflection: No one can serve two masters

14 February 2017 |

Gospel reflection for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26 February 2017. 


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