Category: Easter


HOMILY PENTECOST YEAR B Live by the Spirit in the Kingdom (Acts 2:1-11; Gal 5:16-25 (Optional); Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15) *************************************************** Some kids were burying their pet cat that had died. One of them said that they should say a prayer first. Another said that his dad was a minister and he knew how to pray […]

Pope St. John I

HOMILY EASTER SEASON WEEK 07 06 – Year II Following Jesus into the Kingdom of God: Optional Memorial of Pope St. John I (Acts 28:16-20,30-31; Ps11; Jn 21:20-25) **************************************************** Imagine spending years in prison or under house arrest, as Paul did. Or imagine languishing in harsh conditions – including nine years in solitary confinement – […]

Servant Leadership

HOMILY EASTER SEASON WEEK 07 05 – Year II Servant Leadership Based on Love and Forgiveness:  (Acts 24:27, 25:13-21; Ps 103; Jn 21:15-19) ************************************************** In the early years of my ministry in northern Saskatchewan, a brother priest and I went by boat from Île-à-la Crosse to Patuanak to visit Bishop Dumouchel OMI, who loved to […]

Unity and Ecumenism

HOMILY EASTER SEASON WEEK 07 04 – Year II Unity in Christ (Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Ps 16; Jn 17:20-26) ************************************************* “So that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me.” That statement by Jesus, again in the context of the Farewell Discourse at the Last Supper, invites us […]

Action and Contemplation

HOMILY EASTER SEASON WEEK 07 03 – Year II Balancing Action and Contemplation (Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68;Jn 17:11b-19) ***************************************** Some see Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr as a modern-day prophet, whose career spans founding the New Jerusalem charismatic community, recording a ground-breaking Great Themes of Scripture, delving into Male and Female Spirituality, becoming an expert on […]

St. Matthias

HOMILY – FEAST OF ST MATTHIAS, APOSTLE Chosen to Love – Choosing to Love (Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Ps 113; Jn 15:6-17) *********************************************** Two words leap out at us in today’s readings: “chosen” and “love.” Putting them together, we get the message from this feast day of St. Matthias that we are Chosen by Jesus to […]

Our Lady of Fatima

HOMILY EASTER SEASON WEEK 07 01 – Year II Firing Up Our Baptism: Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima (Acts 19:1-8; Ps 68; Jn 16:29-33) **************************************************** St. Thomas Aquinas once said, “God is sheer joy, and sheer joy demands company.” That saying is appropriate for us today. The readings, and this mission, invite us […]


ASCENSION OF THE LORD – B Living and Sharing our Faith (Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mk 16:15-20) ********************************************** CH _ _ CH – What’s missing? The answer is U R! If you are not worshipping with the faith community on Sunday, it is incomplete. St. Paul closes off the second reading with a […]

Missionary Disciples

HOMILY EASTER SEASON WEEK 06 06 – Year II On Being Joyful Missionary Disciples (Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47; Jn 16:23-28) *************************************************** God is good – all the time! All the time – God is good! That saying, popular with some people, underlines the message from today’s readings: God is good, so believe in Him, love […]

St. John of Avila

HOMILY EASTER SEASON WEEK 06 05 – Year II Joyful Redemptive Suffering: Optional Memorial of St. John of Avila (Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47; Jn 16:20-23) ************************************************** “You will have pain, but your pain will be turned into joy.” Today’s gospel invites us into a radical stance towards suffering and pain – to see it as […]

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