Weekday Homily Resources

The gist of each of the readings in a single line; then the readings in full (NRSV for its inclusive language); finally a homiletic reflection on the readings. New material is welcome from any ACP member, or any regular reader of this website.
Fr Pat Rogers cp, Mount Argus, Dublin.



20Dec 20th December. Saturday of Advent, Week 3

20th December. Saturday of Advent, Week 3

December 20th, 2014

Luke's account of the annunciation concludes with Mary's total response of acceptance, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me." Greatly favoured, she responds generously, with her whole life, to the grace she has received. For St. Luke, Mary is not simply the mother of Jesus; she is the perfect disciple of Jesus...

22Dec 22nd December. Monday of of Advent Week 4

22nd December. Monday of of Advent Week 4

December 22nd, 2014

The Converter of Hearts: Christians have seen in John the Baptist the messenger promised by Malachi, preparing for the Lord to "suddenly come to his temple. " In other words, John was the messenger of the covenant, now offered to us all, in the Jesus in whom we delight. ..

23Dec 23rd December. Tuesday of the 4th Week of Advent

23rd December. Tuesday of the 4th Week of Advent

December 23rd, 2014

A costly Yes to God: The gospel records the moment when Mary said "yes" to God's call to be the mother of God's Son. It suggests that her "yes" did not come without a struggle. When God first spoke to her through the angel Gabriel, Mary was "deeply disturbed" . . .

24Dec 24th December. Christmas Eve

24th December. Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2014

Zechariah who has had nothing to say since the annunciation of John's birth because he was struck dumb now breaks out into a great hymn of praise. At the beginning and the end of his hymn he refers to God's visitation of his people...

25Dec 25th December. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

25th December. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

December 25th, 2014

The Word of Life:
Words are important at this Christmas time of the year, both the spoken and the written word. This is especially clear in our efforts to speak to those close to us...

26Dec 26th December. Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

26th December. Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

December 26th, 2014

The power of example: The one who would later become great missionary Saint Paul was present at the death of Stephen and entirely approved of the killing. Saul would go on to become the great apostle to the Gentiles. Perhaps the courageous witness of Stephen left some kind of impression on Saul and sowed a seed which would later bear much fruit...

27Dec 27th December (Sat.) Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

27th December (Sat.) Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

December 27th, 2014

He who recognised: It is right to celebrate Saint John the evangelist soon after Christmas Day. The opening lines of his gospel sum up in a few words what we are celebrating at Christmas, 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.' This, the last of the four gospels to be written, is based on the...

29Dec 29th December. (Monday) 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

29th December. (Monday) 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

December 29th, 2014

Holding the Child: Babies are endlessly fascinating; they engage us at so many levels. There is something about holding this bundle of new life which is very special. We focus on them and...

30Dec 30th December. 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas

30th December. 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas

December 30th, 2014

The widow Anna in today's gospel is one of those lovely characters that feature in Luke's stories about Jesus' childhood. What distinguishes Anna from the others is her age, eighty four years old, and . .

31Dec 31st December. Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

31st December. Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

December 31st, 2014

Positive Thinking: Tomorrow we begin the new year 2015. Even though we are in mid winter, we know that each day is now that little bit longer than the previous one....