Stay awake! Be alert! Get ready! Repent!

Stay awake!  Be alert!  Get ready!  Repent!  The readings of these first weeks of Advent press upon us with an urgency which frankly, I find  disturbing.  As I read these texts, I found myself thinking: Enough already!  There’s already enough bad stuff happening in the world – te

Are you the King of the Jews?

It is a gift to be able to share a few reflections on today’s readings on this the last Sunday of our liturgical year.  Today’s Sunday used to be called the ‘Feast of Christ the King” but has been renamed, ‘The Feast of Our lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’, emphasizing that Jesus is s

Understanding prophecy in scripture

Homily by Brent Walker

When Fr Ray approached me 2 months ago and asked if I would like to break open the word, I said of course that I would be delighted.

Mass of the Resurrection

This weekend and Monday, the Church celebrates the twin feasts of “All Saints” and “All Souls”.  As early as the 4th century, the Church celebrated a solemn memorial of all martyrs.  By the 9th century, this was extended to the whole Church as a way of honouring all the saints.  Martyrs and confessors, monks and mystics, clergy and laity, men and women, famous or obscure, named or anonymous – all those whose lives and deeds inspire us, whose fidelity and holiness shine forth as examples of Christian life: all these are saints

Mass of the Resurrection

November is the month in which the Church commemorates our loved ones who have died. Secular culture, drawing on Celtic pagan rituals, has given us Hallowe’en: the night that the spirits run wild, that ghosts and goblins are on the loose.

Jesus offers us the grace of transformation

“What is it you wish me to do for you?” Jesus asks each of us in today’s Gospel.  What would we ask for? The culture we live in influences us as it did Jesus’ disciples.  Would we ask for celebrity? More ‘likes’ on Facebook? More friends on social media? Would we ask to win the loto?

Mass of Anointing

This afternoon we are celebrating a very special occasion, our annual Mass for the Sick.  During this Mass we will celebrate as a community another sacrament, the Sacrament of the anointing of the sick. So in the name of the Pastoral Team  here at St.

Synod on the Family

Today (Sunday October 4), the Synod of Bishops, gathered around Pope Francis, assisted by the expert advice of theologians, and inspired by the witness and personal experience of couples and individuals who minister to families, will continue the reflection it began last year, on “the pastoral ca

The Present - God's Precious Gift

In today’s Gospel, Jesus issues what seems to be a simple invitation.  “If you give even a cup of cold water to someone in need, you will receive your reward.”  (Contrast this with much harder-hitting message in James).  Doesn’t sound too onerous, does it?  Surely, all of us can manage a glass of

Just Being Myself

Jesus would make a great pediatrician! He loved children as we see in today’s Gospel where he takes a child in his arms and uses a child as an example of how we should relate to each other. We need to serve one another, even the most fragile and vulnerable among us.