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Homily for 13th Sunday in Ordinary time 2012 [year B] (In Australia: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday) Last night, I attended an Ordination to the priesthood in Melbourne. This young man was in the seminary with me in Corpus Christi Seminary in Melbourne for about two years, before he was sent to Rome for further […]
Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living. To be – for this he created all! Those words from the book of Wisdom sum up the principal message of today’s readings, but the word ‘death’ is used ambiguously here. The more important meaning is ‘spiritual death’, serious sin, […]
St John the Baptist‘s prophetic way Homily for the Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist About two weeks ago, I received a phone call from a certain oncologist from Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. She was looking for a priest to baptize a dying baby. Before ringing our parish, she had apparently rang […]
The Church offers us two sets of readings for this feast – one for the vigil, and one for the day itself. I have decided this year to use those prescribed for the vigil simply because they are less familiar to us than the others. In particular you will notice that the gospel stops short […]
Homily for 11th Sunday in Ordinary time (Year B 2012) About four months ago I asked my brother back in the Philippines to build me a house. So I asked him to give me a budget proposal. He got back to me and said that a cheap, yet native-looking typical country house would cost about two-thousand […]
Sunday XI B 2012 What is God trying to tell us today with these images of planting and growing? That first reading of a few verses from the prophet Ezekiel seems pretty straightforward: God is going to take a shoot from the top of a cedar and plant it and watch it grow into a […]