Homilies

Homily for 19th Sunday 2018

First reading:  1 Kgs 19:4-8                 Psalm: Ps 33:2-9         Second Reading: Eph 4:30-5:2         Gospel: John 6:41-51 When I came and joined the seminary in Melbourne in 2007, one thing I found fascinating in Australian conversation is the way questions are answered with negatives. For example the question: ‘How are you going today?’ You answer: ‘Not bad.’ […]

Homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary time (year B 2018)

First Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Psalm: Psalm 77 (78): 3-4, 23-25, 54 Second Reading:  Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 Gospel: John 6:24-35 As a seminarian, and even now as priest, one of the questions, people would ask me at first meeting is why did I decide to become a priest. Early in my formation I would immediately […]

Homily for 17th Sunday year B 2018

In one of my holidays back in the Philippines few years ago, this was when some parts of the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, I went with a couple of friends from Bendigo and some nurses from St John of God Hospital to an island north of Cebu. This island was badly hit by […]

Trusting Jesus: Inviting him on board our life’s boat

Homily 19th Sunday year A 2017 In our gospel today, we find the disciples on the boat in the middle of the lake being caught up in the storm. Even though some of them are seasoned fishermen we can still imagine how terrifying it must have been for them. They were battling against the strong […]

Homily feast of the Epiphany 2017

In the year 614 AD,  Jerusalem was captured by the Persians (a predominant ethnic group from Modern-day Iran). Many Churches in the Holy Sites, were destroyed. One site spared from destruction though was the Church of the Nativity for the reason that the invaders found a mosaic on the inside walls depicting the three wise […]

Homily for New Year’s 2017

After my New years Eve Mass and dinner with Filipinos in one of my parishes, I went home at around 11 pm. Upon arriving home I decided I would just wait for the fireworks display to be broadcast live on TV. While waiting I turned on the TV, and of course, one of the things […]

We are on special: not as discounted but as PRICELESS

Homily for Christmas Mass  year A 2016 I went to the supermarket the other day, and I could see there are many things on special. It made me think, that actually one reason we celebrate Christmas is because we are special too, not ON SPECIAL as in ‘discounted’ but SPECIAL as in PRICELESS.  To realize this makes […]