Enough for Everyone

HOMILY—Pentecost 9—Enough for Everyone          In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Some weeks ago, I read a brief item in a magazine which said that world hunger could be eliminated if every person living in the First World, our world, gave 200 US dollars to make it […]

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That Famous Mustard Seed

HOMILY—Pentecost 3—That Famous Mustard Seed “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?” In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. I’ve learnt more about mustard and mustard seeds this past week than I ever thought I would, or probably […]

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The Eunuch’s Outrageous Response

HOMILY—3 May 2015—“That Outrageous Eunuch” In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God, now and forever.  Amen. We were often asked when we were studying at Dio which scripture stories best exemplified our personal sense of calling.  For me, there were two: the first was the Road to Emmaus from the end […]

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The Resurrection Does Matter

HOMILY—Easter 2015—The Resurrection Does Matter          Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia! Several years ago, when I first began teaching at university, I was assigned several sections of a course called the Psychology of Religion. For those of you who may wonder what that’s about—as I did at first—the Psychology of […]

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Jesus’ Reversal of Expectations

“Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.  And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God now and forever.  Amen. When was the last time you heard […]

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Overindulging in God

Blessed be God, three in one: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Probably like most of us, I’ve always felt a bit ambivalent about Lent. As a youngster, I would invariably get anxious about the things I was expected to give up by the good sisters in my grammar school: no candy or chocolate, and, by […]

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God’s Goad

“Saul, Saul (…) It hurts you to kick against the goads.” I had to read that line several times, just to make sure it was saying what I thought it said. I asked myself: Why, in the middle of such a grandiose speech from on high, would God throw in such a colloquial, everyday expression, […]

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Leaving the Control in God’s hands

John the Baptist was right.  Jesus did not have to do it.  He did not have to be baptized.  But he chose to. The story of the Baptism of Jesus is found in all four gospels—though, as you might expect, one finds a rather different version in the Gospel of John, where there’s only a […]

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Mary’s Meditation

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God now and forever. Amen. It’s interesting, isn’t it, how sometimes the most seemingly unimportant things in your life assume great significance in hindsight. What seemed ordinary becomes extraordinary. What may have struck […]

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