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.



01Nov 1st November. Saturday. Solemnity of All Saints

1st November. Saturday. Solemnity of All Saints

November 1st, 2014

Images of the World to Come

03Nov 3rd November. Monday of Week 31.

3rd November. Monday of Week 31.

November 3rd, 2014

The Quality of Mercy

In general, people live by the Quid pro Quo principle, of looking after our friends and paying our lawful debts, and once in a while giving something to charity. We like to think that people should get what they deserve. But Jesus seems to require a bit more than that from his true friends....

04Nov 4th November. Tuesday of Week 31.

4th November. Tuesday of Week 31.

November 4th, 2014

Members of each other

Our deepest hope is poured into us by God and offers us great future prospects. We cannot ignore or reject it, without losing out in the process. Furthermore, hope is not bestowed on us by God simply for our private, individual enjoyment. Unless it is shared, it is lost. ..

05Nov 5th November. Wednesday of Week 31.

5th November. Wednesday of Week 31.

November 5th, 2014

Today's gospel is rather grim, if we were to read it in isolation; but it is nicely balanced by St Paul's more optimistic message to the Philippians. He points out how a local parish or community can function in a loving way, if there's a widespread spirit of service and goodwill. He advises them...

06Nov 6th November. Thursday. Feast of all the Irish Saints

6th November. Thursday. Feast of all the Irish Saints

November 6th, 2014

The feast echoes the theme of "the island of saints and scholars" which was so strong in Ireland up to the middle of the twentieth century, but which might be somewhat harder to illustrate in 2014...

07Nov 7th November. Friday of Week 31.

7th November. Friday of Week 31.

November 7th, 2014

What spurs us to action in our daily lives? Some seem to lack motivation while others are workaholics, swept on by drive and ambition and wanting to drive other people hard as well. A good example of the activist temperament is Paul, apostle of the gentiles..

08Nov 8th November. Saturday of Week 31.

8th November. Saturday of Week 31.

November 8th, 2014

Just as yesterday Jesus reproached idle disciples for not showing enterprise and initiative, today Paul commends his active co-workers in the service of the gospel and stresses how he himself can cope in all circumstances, whether eating well or going hungry.