26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel, Jesus describes two kinds of people: those who initially say “no”, but then follow through on what they were asked; and those who say “yes” immediately, but fail to follow through.

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

Thirteen years ago this week, the world looked on in horror and dismay as four hijacked airliners were deliberately crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and an unknown target within striking distance of a Pennsylvania farmer’s field.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

I read an interesting article in La Presse last week by a young philosophy teacher at a CEGEP and it is directly relevant to today’s liturgy. I’m sure you have all noticed how everyone today seems to live in virtual space; you walk down the street and you think someone is talking to you but they’re really on their cell phone speaking or texting someone else. Everyone is in love with the images on their smart phone. The philosophy teacher explained this using the ancient Greek mythological story about Narcissus.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many years ago, I watched a PBS documentary on the civil rights struggle of African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s.  Its title, taken from the words of an old Negro Spiritual, was “Keep your eyes on the prize!”  Keep your eyes on the prize – even when all hope seems to be gone.

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Because it appears in all four Gospels, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes – and the Bread of Life discourse that follows it in the Gospel of John – is a frequent homily topic in the summer months.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes, when I have nothing else to do on a Saturday evening, I switch on the TV and tune in to a PBS program called “Antiques Roadshow”.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As I approached the readings this week, I began to wonder: “Hmm… another Gospel parable about sowers and seeds.”  Why did Jesus tell two such similar stories back-to-back – thereby leaving summer preachers with the challenge of coming up with two different homilies on what seems to be the same to

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Listen!  A sower went out to sow.”  Thus begins a wonderful series of stories told by the great teacher, Jesus of Nazareth – stories which, two thousand years later, are still being told as around the world, Christians gather to be formed by the Greatest Story ever told.  As we gather on this ho

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What burdens are YOU carrying?  Stop and think about it for a minute.  What aspects of your life – or the lives of those you know and love – seem the most difficult to accept, and to bear?   Burdens come in all shapes and sizes.   And no matter how rich, how famous, how integrated, how together someone may seem to the outside world – everybody is carrying something. 

But YOU … who do YOU say that I am?

Questions, questions.  We pray, we go on retreat, we come to Mass –  in order to carve out some space in our busy lives for God.  For many of us, that means talking to God.  Sometimes we do so in the formal language of vocal prayers, or through the Scriptures, or some other kind