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.



21Apr 21st April. Tuesday of Week 3 of Easter

21st April. Tuesday of Week 3 of Easter

April 21st, 2015

Stephen's death and Christ's

In Acts, Luke compares Stephen's martyrdom to Jesus' death on the cross. Each of them, accused of blasphemy, is condemned to death by the Sanhedrin. Each sees a vision of someone coming on the clouds, at the right hand of God. Each asks God to receive the spirit and each prays for the forgiveness of the executioners

22Apr 22nd April. Wednesday of Week 3 of Easter

22nd April. Wednesday of Week 3 of Easter

April 22nd, 2015

Even if they first reject it

Philip preaches the gospel in Samaria and the message is welcomed. In Luke's first volume, Jesus tries to bring his gospel to Samaritans but they reject him because he is heading for Jerusalem. But later the Samaritans welcome it gladly, from the lips of Philip. The gospel can blossom even where it was first rejected ...

23Apr 23rd April. Thursday in Week 3 of Easter

23rd April. Thursday in Week 3 of Easter

April 23rd, 2015

Learning from an Outsider

God was already drawing the Ethiopian eunuch to faith. He was already a God-fearing gentile who believed in Israel's God, and followed some Torah rules which were compatible with his family life and culture. The Spirit was attracting the Ethiopian more deeply into faith and understanding...

24Apr 24th April. Friday in Week 3 of Easter

24th April. Friday in Week 3 of Easter

April 24th, 2015

Questioning Jesus

Many questions are asked by people in the course of the gospels. Some are posed by Jesus himself, while others are asked by those who meet him. Today it is the Jews who ask, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

25Apr 25th April. Saint Mark, Evangelist

25th April. Saint Mark, Evangelist

April 25th, 2015

Mark, pioneering Evangelist

According to Papias, after Peter's death, at the request of the Christians in Rome Mark wrote what he knew of Peter's memories of Jesus. His Gospel reflects the plain, blunt speaking style of the Galilean fisherman and captures their sense of awe and wonder at the healing power of Christ...

27Apr 27th April. Monday, Week 4 of Easter

27th April. Monday, Week 4 of Easter

April 27th, 2015

Christian Leadership

What a splendid kind of leadership Peter shows, pointing the way forward for the church into the future. He also shows a spirit of dialogue, equally vital for our church of today. When challenged about his daring initiative, Peter patiently explains himself. His leadership is not dictatorial but blends inspiration and dialogue...

28Apr 28th April. Tuesday in Week 4 of Easter

28th April. Tuesday in Week 4 of Easter

April 28th, 2015

Paul's Mentor

The openness of Barnabas to God's gifts led him to Tarsus to search for Paul and bring him to join the church in Antioch. If it had not been for him, Paul might have been lost in the silent sands of some desert solitude. ..

29Apr 29th April. Catherine of Siena, Patron of Europe

29th April. Catherine of Siena, Patron of Europe

April 29th, 2015

A beacon of light

Catherine of Siena's mysticism did not withdraw her from the world. She was deeply involved in what was happening in Europe and in the church in her time....

30Apr 30th April. Thursday in Week 4 of Easter

30th April. Thursday in Week 4 of Easter

April 30th, 2015

Welcoming the little ones

When Jesus told his disciples to welcome children in his name, it was an important lesson. They were arguing about which of them was most important. But Jesus insisted that seeking social status was not a value for him and had no place the kingdom of God...