Homilies

Homily for Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday 2019

Friends, brothers and sisters, Happy Easter! Are you happy? I am happy not because I can now rest from the busyness of many things that Lent and Easter involve or entails, but because Easter is a time of JOY. I am happy not because all this busyness of Lent and Easter do’s will soon be […]

Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent year C

Three years ago, while I was still serving as the Spiritual director to the Legion of Mary in the Diocese, I was invited by the Legion of Mary Summer School in Melbourne to present one of the topics chosen for that year. The topic I was asked to present was ‘Can we be saints?’ Can […]

Homily for 4th Sunday of Lent (Year C)

The other day I said Mass at one of the 4 Catholic Schools in my parish for the grades 1 and 2. I asked them to spell the name Jesus for me. After testing quite a few on their spelling I explained that in Jesus, God loves us so much because he even includes US […]

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 […]