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.



02Mar 2nd March. Monday in 2nd Week of Lent

2nd March. Monday in 2nd Week of Lent

March 2nd, 2015

Confessing to God: This public confession on the part of the people of Israel is one that we, the church, can make our own. We know that we too have failed, as individuals and as a community. Yet, it is to such individuals and to such a community that the Lord issues the invitation in today's gospel, "Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate." Jesus is calling on us to be nothing less than God-like...

03Mar 3rd March. Tuesday in 2nd Week of Lent

3rd March. Tuesday in 2nd Week of Lent

March 3rd, 2015

Burdens.. Jesus refers to the Pharisees as those who tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people's shoulders. Rather than imposing unnecessary burdens on others, our calling is to help carry each other's burdens, to make life less burdensome for each other...

04Mar 4th March. Wednesday in 2nd Week of Lent

4th March. Wednesday in 2nd Week of Lent

March 4th, 2015

Drinking from his cup.. Jesus asks James and John, "Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?" He was asking them if they were prepared to share his cup, to throw in their lot with him, to follow where he leads, even though it may mean the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed..

05Mar 5th March. Thursday in 2nd Week of Lent

5th March. Thursday in 2nd Week of Lent

March 5th, 2015

In spite of appearances Jeremiah was bearing fruit, and Lazarus kept his integrity even though sitting with dogs and begging for crumbs at Dives' door! Destitution can destroy one's confidence and self-respect, but in principle it can and does coexist with inner peace and strength. The beggar can be nearer to God than the banker, the cardinal, the CEO or the government minister...

06Mar 6th March. Friday in 2nd Week of Lent

6th March. Friday in 2nd Week of Lent

March 6th, 2015

Providence at work.. The story of Jacob's sons is told in detail (Gen 37-50) to conclude the book of Genesis. It has one overriding motif found at the end in Joseph's words to his brothers: "Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve his purpose, the survival of many " (50:19-20). Mysteriously yet powerfully God can bring a convoluted, mixed-up and even misguided life to a positive end..

07Mar 7th March. Saturday in 2nd Week of Lent

7th March. Saturday in 2nd Week of Lent

March 7th, 2015

There's always Hope.. Today's parable tells of an inheritance, "squandered … on dissolute living." But the prodigal son hopes that the Father will somehow take him back. The Micah passage also talks about hope. The people of Judah have been "trampled underfoot," and driven off to a foreign land...

09Mar 9th March. Monday in 3rd Week of Lent

9th March. Monday in 3rd Week of Lent

March 9th, 2015

Not a narrow-minded God
Jesus challenges the rather narrow view that his townspeople of Nazareth had of God. Just as they felt that Jesus belonged to them..

10Mar 10th March. Tuesday in 3rd Week of Lent

10th March. Tuesday in 3rd Week of Lent

March 10th, 2015

Making a fresh start
The destruction of Israel's life, as described in the book of Daniel, is devastating. "We have in our day no prince, prophet or leader, no sacrifice, oblation or incense, no place to offer first fruits, to find favour with you." All had gone up in flames!..

11Mar 11th March. Wednesday in 3rd Week of Lent

11th March. Wednesday in 3rd Week of Lent

March 11th, 2015

Banking on Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy says that laws do not exist for their own sake, but to help us show faithfulness to God. This fifth book of the Bible is not so much a "second law" (the Greek "Deutero" means 2nd) but a series of fervent motivational homilies...

12Mar 12th March. Thursday in 3rd Week of Lent

12th March. Thursday in 3rd Week of Lent

March 12th, 2015

Seeking what is right

Seeking basic human virtue -- like compassion, forgiveness, prayer, understanding, loyalty, loving affection -- makes the difference between heaven and hell, life and death. Jeremiah expressed this very clearly: "Only if you reform your ways and your deeds...will I [the Lord, your God] remain with you."...