Homilies

Build bridges not walls

In the 1950s, Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev famously described Russian foreign policy as follows: “We have no pride; only interests.” Today’s Gospel presents us with the fascinating encounter between Jesus and an unnamed Canaanite woman, a Gentile, living in what would

Becoming a Welcoming People

Although you wouldn’t guess it from the weather so far, summer is here!  A time to wind down from our busy schedules, a time when parish priests are encouraged ro scale their homilies down to "homilettes".   And yet, we continue to gather together on the Lord's day, to be nourished by the God who

Locked doors, the Fire of love, and the Breath of the Spirit

Good morning!  We celebrate this morning the completion of the Easter cycle of our liturgical year. We celebrate “the world (is) charged with the grandeur of God…. Because the Holy (Ghost) Spirit over the bent/World broods with warm breast and with ah!

Ascension of the Lord

We celebrate today the Ascension of the Lord.  It is a fascinating feast, full of paradoxes: a leave-taking that prepares us for an arrival, an absence necessary to reveal a fuller and deeper presence.  Jesus had already told his friends that it was necessary that he should go away, so that the promised Spirit could come, and lead them to a deeper and fuller truth. Contained in his farewell discourse, located by St. John on the evening of the Last Supper, it was a message intended to console, to comfort, to strengthen them for the trials to come. 

Teaching Mass for Faith First Students / Confirmation Retreat

What the homily is meant to accomplish is beautifully set out in Pope Francis’ teaching on the proclamation of the Good News, “The Joy of the Gospel”:

The Empyt Tomb

Last year, the world of music and poetry lost an iconic figure: Montreal’s very own Leonard Cohen. Without ever renouncing his Jewish identity and traditions, Leonard was also strongly influenced by Buddhist teaching and practice.  There are also many explicitly Christian images in his songs.

Good Friday

I first heard this refrain while returning to Calgary from the Rockies on my way to a medical meeting.  I remember being almost moved to tears by the plaintive quality of the voice singing it.  As I was preparing this homily, wondering how can one possibly put into any kind of human words what we

Lord, it is good for us to be here!

“Lord, it is good for us to be here!” These words, spoken by Peter on behalf of the disciples in today’s Gospel, express my sentiments well as we come together today (at St. Gabriel’s) to celebrate this Eucharist (Mass of Anticipation). 

You are my beloved child: in you I am well pleased

Lent begins – as it does each year – with the familiar story of the temptations of Jesus.  It’s a story we’ve heard many times before.  We know how it ends.  How can we allow these words of Jesus to challenge us, to speak to us in the circumstances and challenges of our daily lives?  As we embark

Trust in God Alone

How big is your God?  This question is going to be posed to us by Fr.

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