Homily All Saints 2021

One of the many buildings worth visiting in Rome, apart from the Vatican, is the Pantheon. It was first built during the reign of the Emperor Augustus who lived up to the time Jesus was 14 years old. After the building was burned down, it was rebuilt by the Emperor Hadrian (of Roman Wall fame…

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…