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.

26Nov 26th November. Wednesday of Week 34.

26th November. Wednesday of Week 34.

November 26th, 2014

By your endurance you will gain your souls: The Greek for endurance (hypomoné) is like our modern "hanging in there" and reflects an inner attitude of perseverance, consistency, not giving it. In hard times we must continue in our loyalty to God.. It has a nice ring in the Latin translation of Saint Jerome: in patientia vestra possidebitis animas vestras..

27Nov 27th November. Thursday of Week 34.

27th November. Thursday of Week 34.

November 27th, 2014

Memorial of Saint Fergal, bishop and missionary.

Fergal or Vergilius was a monk in the monastery of Aghaboe, Co. Laois, when in 745 he left Ireland on peregrination pro Christo (missionary pilgrimage for Christ). He settled first in France, later

28Nov 28th November. Friday of Week 34.

28th November. Friday of Week 34.

November 28th, 2014

Apocalyptic Symbols: While the reading from Revelation is typical of apocalyptic literature with its elaborate symbolism, the gospel addresses us in plainer language. From the example of the budding fig tree we know that summer is near. So, "when you see all the things happening, know that the reign of God is near." Both the first reading and the gospel offer signs; but the meaning of these signs must be sensitively intuited..

29Nov 29th November. Saturday of Week 34.

29th November. Saturday of Week 34.

November 29th, 2014

Ending on a note of hope: The last day of the liturgical year blends tough demands with high hopes, referring to the overcoming of persecution and coming to the enjoyment of eternal peace. We are told that the passing from darkness to light is certain and will be sudden. Meanwhile one must live with faith in God's eternal plan for us and for the entire world...

01Dec Advent Week 1 – Monday

Advent Week 1 – Monday

December 1st, 2014

1st December. Monday of Advent, Week 1

First Reading: Isaiah 2:4-6

Learning wisdom and peace from the Messiah, they shall beat their swords into ploughshares

Thus says the Lord: “On that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful …

02Dec 2nd December. Tuesday of Advent, Week 1

2nd December. Tuesday of Advent, Week 1

December 2nd, 2014

Keeping up our hope...
The passage from Isaiah seems an idyllic fairy-tale, not to be taken literally. The calf and the young lion will never graze together babies should not be allowed to play near the cobra's den. Yet the dream of universal peace and trust is worth holding on to and praying for. When our faith dreams of a better future...

03Dec 3rd December. Wednesday in the 1st Week of Advent

3rd December. Wednesday in the 1st Week of Advent

December 3rd, 2014

A vision of paradise created by the Spirit...At times we seem too caught up in enforcing laws and discipline, however well intended, so that some are excluded from the joy of eucharistic communion on account of their lapses from matrimonial fidelity. In our time, clergy and laity are re-thinking what Our Lord would want by way of disposition, in order to be allowed receive this gift of the Bread of Life. "Lord, I am not worthy...

04Dec 4th December. Thursday of Advent, Week 1

4th December. Thursday of Advent, Week 1

December 4th, 2014

Who shall build up our church?... In Isaiah God builds the city, setting up its walls and ramparts to protect it; in the Gospel we build the house solidly, setting it on rock. While Isaiah summons into the new city those who trust in the Lord, Jesus promises salvation to the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. The prophetic text emphasises faith while the Gospel stresses action...

05Dec 5th December. Friday of Advent, Week 1

5th December. Friday of Advent, Week 1

December 5th, 2014

Dreaming Aloud . . . As we listen to Isaiah's visions of the future, we may feel that his poetic hopes ignore all common sense realism. Is he dreaming as he writes: "The deaf shall hear, the eyes of the blind shall see, the tyrant will be no more, Jacob shall have no longer be ashamed"? Something of the same impression can be felt in hearing stories from the Gospel ...


December 6th, 2014

Widening horizons . . . Isaiah seems more adventurous than Jesus today. The prophet implies the immediate presence of God to his people: “No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher”; while Jesus sends out others to cure sickness and disease instead of doing so himself. Isaiah’s vision sweeps across the world, "over high mountains and lofty hill" . . .