Homily, 29th Sunday (B) 2021

Our Gospel today features two brothers, James and John, and their misplaced ambition to gain positions of honour in our Lord’s community or ‘kingdom’. They expected Jesus to bring about a new political kingdom in Palestine that would free Jewish people from Roman rule. To the anger and resentment of their fellow disciples, they wanted…

Homily 28th Sunday (B) 2021

In today’s Gospel we are set another demanding challenge by Jesus.   As last Sunday, we have the difficulty of trying to apply Christ’s demanding teaching to our lives in a modern world so vastly different from his in first century Palestine.  Most of his hearers came from poor backgrounds. In their poverty, they knew…

Homily 27th Sunday of the Year (B) 2021

Our Scripture readings for Mass today come from a period in history where the understanding of human sexuality and gender was vastly at odds with the rapidly changing understanding we have of them today. For instance, most societies traditionally have recognized only two distinct, broad classes of gender roles, masculine and feminine, that correspond with the biological sexes…

Soaking the Rich

by Peter Jones in THE SPECTATOR, 21 August 2021 Oxfam is arguing that if all billionaires forked out 99 per cent of their profits made during the Covid pandemic, the whole world could be vaccinated and every unemployed worker given a handy payout. Dream on. The ancient Athenians had rather more intelligent ways of soaking…

It’s time for Catholics to go back to no meat on every Friday (not just during Lent)

by Doug Girardot in AMERICA, The Jesuit Review When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report on Aug. 8, I felt overwhelmed. In the face of the startling news that humanity’s window for mitigating the worst effects of global warming is shrinking by the year, it seemed like there was nothing that I could do…