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.



05Feb 5 Feb. Friday, Week 4

5 Feb. Friday, Week 4

February 5th, 2016
Saint Agatha, optional memorial

1st Reading: Sirach 47:2-11

David’s virtues: defender of Israel, psalmist, penitent sinner, blessed by God

As the fat is set apart from the offering of well-being,
so David was set apart from the Israelites.
He played …

06Feb 6 Feb. Saturday, Week 4

6 Feb. Saturday, Week 4

February 6th, 2016
Saint Paul Miki and Companions, optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-13

Solomon prays for understanding, to judge God’s people and to distinguish right from wrong

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high …

08Feb 8 Feb. Monday, Week 5

8 Feb. Monday, Week 5

February 8th, 2016
Saints Jerome Emiliani and Josephine Bakhita, optional memorials

1st Reading: 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13

A cloud fills the sanctuary, symbolizing the Lord’s awesome presence

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders …

09Feb 9 Feb. Tuesday, Week 5

9 Feb. Tuesday, Week 5

February 9th, 2016

1st Reading: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30

The temple dedication ends with a beautiful prayer

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. He …

10Feb 10 Feb. Ash Wednesday

10 Feb. Ash Wednesday

February 10th, 2016
Saint Scholastica (not celebrated this year)

1st Reading: Joel 2:12-18

Return to me with all your heart. Spare your people, Lord.

“Now, now,” says the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; …

11Feb 11 Feb. Thursday after Ash Wednesday

11 Feb. Thursday after Ash Wednesday

February 11th, 2016

Our Lady of Lourdes, optional memorial

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

A warm call to fidelity. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live!

Keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by …

12Feb 12 Feb. Friday after Ash Wednesday

12 Feb. Friday after Ash Wednesday

February 12th, 2016

1st Reading: Isaiah 58:1-9

True religion is contrasted with merely external observance

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day …

13Feb 13 Feb. Saturday After Ash Wednesday

13 Feb. Saturday After Ash Wednesday

February 13th, 2016

1st Reading: Isaiah 58:9-14

If the people are converted, they are blessed, like a spring whose waters never fail

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am.” …

15Feb 15 Feb. Monday in the First Week of Lent

15 Feb. Monday in the First Week of Lent

February 15th, 2016

1st Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18

The commandments and practical guidance for worship and for social compassion

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, …

16Feb 16 Feb. Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

16 Feb. Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

February 16th, 2016

1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11

God’s word comes down from heaven like rain, to make the earth fruitful

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making …