Weekday Homily Resources

The gist of each reading is suggested in a single line; then the readings (minus the Responsorial Psalm) are given in full (using the NRSV for its inclusive language); finally a couple of reflections on the day’s readings. Most weekdays we offer two separate homily approaches. The first is drawn from material written by my friend and Passionist confrere, Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller cp. With permission from his estate, I have used his Biblical Meditations for Ordinary Time and Biblical Meditations for Lent as starting point, editing them down to a maximum of 3 or 4 paragraphs. The second approach is based on a set of homilies provided by Fr. Martin Hogan of the Dublin archdiocese.
Fr Pat Rogers cp, Mount Argus, Dublin.



25May 25th May. Monday in Week 8

25th May. Monday in Week 8

May 25th, 2015

Paradox: Gaining by Losing

This imperative echoes in today's austere message, where in a memorable image Jesus expresses the no pain, no gain philosophy. "It is easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God...

26May 26th May. Tuesday in Week 8

26th May. Tuesday in Week 8

May 26th, 2015

What's to become of us?

Today's gospel begins with a question from Peter, "What about us? We have left everything and followed you." He and the rest of the twelve had given up a great deal to become followers of Jesus. They may have wondered if it was really worth it all. We too have responded to the Lord's call, maybe not in the same very radical way that those first disciples had answered..

27May 27th May. Wednesday in Week 8

27th May. Wednesday in Week 8

May 27th, 2015

On different wavelengths

There are several clashes between Jesus and his disciples in Mark’s gospel, as they make their way to Jerusalem, where Jesus will be crucified. They are clearly on different wavelengths, which finds expression in the very different questions they ask of each other. James and John ask Jesus for glory, honour, status.

28May 28th May. Thursday in Week 8

28th May. Thursday in Week 8

May 28th, 2015

The vigorous blind man

A lovely stained-glass window that I've seen in a church depicts today's scene, the healing of the man born blind. At the bottom of the picture is written the exchange between Jesus and the man, "What do you want me to do for you?," "Lord, let me see again." Apparently this man almost did not get close enough to Jesus to really talk with him; some friends of Jesus scolded the man and told him to keep quiet...

29May 29th May. Friday in Week 8

29th May. Friday in Week 8

May 29th, 2015

Our link with our ancestors

In Peter, the link with the ancestors is kept very firm. In cleansing the temple, Jesus also referred back to Isaiah. Peter advises us, "Be mutually hospitable without complaining; put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure that each has received." Even while doing one's best, we are not to be surprised if "a trial by fire" may occur..

30May 30th May. Saturday in Week 8

30th May. Saturday in Week 8

May 30th, 2015

By what authority?

Today's gospel comes just after Jesus cleansed the temple, which was a very daring thing to do. There were people in charge of the temple and Jesus certainly had not been authorized by them to do what he did. The question the religious authorities responsible for the temple put to Jesus is very understandable, "What authority have you for acting like this?

01Jun 1st June, 2015. Monday of Week 9

1st June, 2015. Monday of Week 9

June 1st, 2015

Saint Justin, Martyr

Justin (100-165) was a lawyer and philosopher from Neapolis in Judaea (modern Nablus), who spent his adult life in Rome. He was the foremost interpreter of the theory of the Logos in the 2nd century. A

01Jun 1st June, 2015. Monday of Week 9

1st June, 2015. Monday of Week 9

June 1st, 2015

Saint Justin, Martyr

Justin (100-165) was a lawyer and philosopher from Neapolis in Judaea (modern Nablus), who spent his adult life in Rome. He was the foremost interpreter of the theory of the Logos in the 2nd century. A

02Jun 2nd June. Tuesday of the 9th Week

2nd June. Tuesday of the 9th Week

June 2nd, 2015

Saint Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs.

Two 3rd-century Roman saints. Marcellinus, a priest, and Peter, an exorcist, died in 304, during the persecution under emperor Diocletian. Pope Damasus I heard the story of these two martyrs from their executioner who became

03Jun 3rd June. Wednesday in Week 9

3rd June. Wednesday in Week 9

June 3rd, 2015

St Kevin, abbot, and Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs.

Coemgen, Caoimhin or Kevin (498-618) is an Irish saint who first live as a hermit and then founded a monastery at Glendalough in County Wicklow, which became a famous centre of