Homily of 18 February 2018
Genesis 9: 8 – 15; I Peter 3: 18 – 22; Mark 1: 12 – 15
The Scriptures cry out to us, my brothers and sisters, the Scriptures cry out: The time is fulfilled. Repent. Believe.
Where do we hear this voice of the Lord calling to us today? Where does the call to repentance resound in our hearts? How are we being asked to believe anew in the Good News?
These are not academic questions. These are not psychological questions. There is a time and a place for such exercises. But the liturgy happens not in chronos time, the time measured by the standards of this world – but it leads us into kairos time, the privileged place where we are in direct communion with the God who made us.Read More »
Homily of 4 February 2018
Job 7: 1-4, 6-7 1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-23 Mark 1: 21- 28
People were looking for Jesus because He healed them, freed them of their demons and gave them a sense of right because he taught with authority. He was on point with the needs of the people, and so they searched for him again and again.
Not much has changed has it? People are still searching for Jesus because he can give what we truly are looking for: God – meaning and purpose of life. Jesus said, I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.Read More »
Homily of 28 January 2018
Deuteronomy 18,15-20; 1 Corinthians 7,32-35; Mark 1,21-28
The Chinese discovered gunpowder and invented ways of using it not only to fend off enemies in war but also to ward off evil spirits in rituals and festivities. To welcome the new year they don’t just light up the sky with colorful fireworks. They also light up firecrackers that do not just crackle but really explode. All this to ward off evil and usher in a grace-filled new year, literally with a bang!
In the Gospel according to Mark, the public ministry of Jesus starts with the expulsion of the unclean spirit, not with a bang, but by a powerful command: “Be quiet! Come out of him!” And the people recognized this. At once they were astonished at how the Lord Jesus teaches with authority unlike the Scribes and even has power over unclean spirits.Read More »
Homily of 21 January 2018
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; I Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
Pope Francis loves for his homilies to be done in threes. I have usually tried to do the same. But today four seems to be my number. Four questions to ponder. Four questions requiring a personal and individual answer. Perhaps one or another of them will take pride of place. That is fine. Follow your heart, follow the Spirit. For just like Peter and Andrew, James and John, each one of us, my sisters and brothers, has been called by Jesus. This call was not a one and done situation. It is something that bears reflection. Hence, my four questions. 1) Do you remember when you first heard the call of Jesus? 2) Have you kept that memory alive in your heart? 3) How has the call grown within you? 4) What is the call asking of you today?Read More »