A Hospital for Sinners – A Training Ground for Saints

Homilies

Third Sunday of Easter – 26 April 2020

There is no single and simple answer to the great mystery of human suffering. It is simply impossible to put into one sentence, one facebook post, one tweet, why a good and loving God allows bad things to happen.   In today’s second reading, we hear one of the answers from our faith tradition, which most…

Easter Sunday 2020

Flor McCarthy tells the story of a priest who installed a stained glass window in his church. The window depicted the traditional Calvary Scene – Jesus hanging on the cross; Mary and the Beloved Disciple on either side; the sky was dark and threatening; the earth steeped in darkness. Only in the distant background was…

Good Friday 10 April 2020

In many ways, the story of our salvation reaches its climax today, ahead of the resurrection. The resurrection is not just a postlude – it destroys the bonds of death for every many and woman. The ascension is not just an appendix, through it Jesus opens for each of us the gates of heaven. But,…

Holy Thursday Homily 2020

There is a saying, common enough, that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. All of us experience this: the energy and fearlessness of youth that for most of us just decreases a little bit each year and it’s only when we look back that we realize how different we are. Those who…

Palm Sunday Homily

From a variety of different people I’ve been sent memes and funny articles, during this time of the coronavirus. A few people have sent me newspaper articles about a priest baptizing in Ireland during the coronavirus and using a water pistol. So obviously a mock shot. I don’t think any priest would actually do that.…