Images of the World to Come
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.
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....
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. ..
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...
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...
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..
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.