Weekday Homily Resources

The gist of each reading is suggested in a single line; then the full text of the readings (NRSV for inclusive language); finally some homiletic reflections on the day’s readings. On many  weekdays we offer two approaches to a homily. One is usually based on the first Reading, with sometimes a link to the main idea in the Gospel. The second approach will be drawn from that day’s Gospel. These are loosely based on notes made available by Fr. Martin Hogan p.p.

Fr Pat Rogers cp, Mount Argus, Dublin.



17Dec Thursday in the 3rd Week of Advent

Thursday in the 3rd Week of Advent

December 17th, 2020

There is an understandable interest in learning about our family tree; most people want to know their genetic background. "Who are the people who have helped to make me who I am?"

18Dec Friday in the 3rd Week of Advent

Friday in the 3rd Week of Advent

December 18th, 2020

God was doing something new, something extraordinary, in the life of Mary and of Joseph, indeed, in the life of the human race...

19Dec Saturday in Week 3 of Advent

Saturday in Week 3 of Advent

December 19th, 2020

Luke has annunciation stories to both Zechariah and Mary, which are parallel in various ways. When startled at the angel's appearance, both are told not to be afraid. Each is promised a child and given a hint of ths child's future greatness...

21Dec Monday of 4th Week in Advent

Monday of 4th Week in Advent

December 21st, 2020

Mary and Elizabeth felt the saving grace of God flowing through their lives and were not afraid to encourage each other by saying so. Many of us were raised on the principle that 'God helps those who help themselves'...

23Dec Wednesday of 4th Week in Advent

Wednesday of 4th Week in Advent

December 23rd, 2020

The naming of a child is an important decision. People will have different ideas about what is most meaningful. But ultimately, it is the choice of the parents. Their relatives and neighbours expected Zechariah and Elizabeth..

24Dec Thursday in the 4th Week of Advent

Thursday in the 4th Week of Advent

December 24th, 2020

Today's gospel is an attempt, in simple language, to describe what happened on that day, so long ago, when Jesus was born. It was the second of heaven and earth, in the incarnate Word of God ...

25Dec The Nativity of the Lord

The Nativity of the Lord

December 25th, 2020

Let the gloom and darkness, which exemplify the fallen and corrupt nature of the human race, be lifted, ushering in a new age of glory to God and peace on earth. And so an angel of the Lord appeared to some humble shepherds...

26Dec St. Stephen, the first martyr

St. Stephen, the first martyr

December 26th, 2020

Stephen died as Jesus died, "filled with the Holy Spirit." We have received the same Holy Spirit, inspiring us to live like Jesus and die like Jesus...

28Dec The Holy Innocents, martyrs

The Holy Innocents, martyrs

December 28th, 2020

1st Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2

Those who walk in darkness, and those who walk in the light

Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there …

29Dec 5th day in the Octave of Christmas

5th day in the Octave of Christmas

December 29th, 2020


Simeon, a devout elderly Jew, took the child in his arms and blessed God. If every child is fascinating, how much more was the child Jesus? Having held him and gazed at him, Simeon was ready to leave this world and go to God.




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