21st Sunday – Cycle A

In today’s Gospel Mt 16:13 – 20, we hear one of the most important questions asked by Jesus: “Who do people say the Son of Man is? And we know the answer: “Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” but Jesus turns to Peter and asks him “But you, who do you say I am? We see the same direct, personal questions asked by Jesus on other occasions: “Do you also want to go away? Do you love Me more than these other do? You follow Me”. Peter’s response to Jesus is brief – only 10 words – “You are the Christ the Son of the Living God”. Peter acknowledges Jesus both as Christ / Messiah and Son of the living God – i.e. the God who is life, give and sustains life here and promises […]

St Mary Magdalene – 22nd July

Today is the feast-day of St Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles, and Patroness of the Order of Preachers. We’re lucky to have her! As I think about her now, you know, she’s quite an inspiration, a good teacher.In the Gospel according to John, we read:”Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb, …”(John 20:8-11)Just these few verses got me thinking – about how the disciples left and she stayed. They went home, but she had no home to go to. JESUS was her home – that’s why.The disciples had left everything to follow JESUS, […]

Feast of Corpus Christi

Reflecting on the Gospel of John (6:51-58) for this Corpus Christi Sunday, what struck me forcibly was the word ‘life’ and ‘living’. In the Gospel this word appears 11 times. The opening line contains it:I am the living bread which has come down from Heaven. And the last line contains it:anyone who eats this bread will live foreverIn his encyclical letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Bl Pope John Paul II takes up this theme of life:The Church draws her life from the Eucharistand again:Proclaiming the death of the Lord ‘until he comes’ entails that all who take part in the Eucharist be committed to changing their lives and making them in a certain way completely ‘ Eucharistic’. Each day and every day we are privileged to receive this ‘living bread’. I ask myself am I truly and consciously aware of the ‘life’ that should be growing […]

Fourth Sunday of Lent

The Spirit if the Lord seized on David, and stayed with him. (first reading at Mass) “The Spirit of the Lord seized on David.” This is the strength that is given to great hearts, this is the light of brave and faithful souls, that unhesitatingly can believe what they cannot see with the eyes of the body and direct their longings beyond the range of human sight.In 1 John 4.16 we read: “We have known and believed the love that God has for us.”If we believe and know that the Spirit is love, then we have a means to return love with love.If we know and believe in our heart that we too have been seized by this same Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation then we will know that this great love is above us, and around us and in us. It will make no difference whether we […]

Third Sunday of Lent – Year A

All three readings today have rich baptismal overtones. From earliest times they have been used, especially the Gospel of the Samaritan woman, in the catechesis during Lent of adult candidates for Baptism, which took place during the Easter Vigil. So now the Church prays and exhorts us through the Word of God to be renewed in spirit so that we can renew our Baptismal promises with renewed dedication during the Easter Vigil.In today’s first reading, the Israelites ‘tormented by thirst’ in the wilderness were crying out for water. God told Moses to strike the rock at Horeb and water gushed forth. In the second reading St Paul reminds us that ‘it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God’s glory. This hope is not deceptive, because the love […]

Second Sunday of Lent – Year A

Today’s Gospel reading at Mass gave us a lovely account of the transfiguration of the Lord according to Matthew – an event in the Lord’s life of light, life, radiance, beauty, majesty, silence and awe as the writer Michael Hewlett put it:“Once on a mountain top there stood three startled men and watched the wheels of nature stop and heaven break in.”Just before the account of the Transfiguration which we read to-day from chapter 17 we find the first prophecy of the Passion at the end of chapter 16:“From that time on Jesus began to make it clear to the disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be put to death and to be raised up on the third day.”Immediately after that – the condition of our following Christ is given: “If […]

First Sunday of Lent – Year A

“Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil”The Church in her liturgy presents Lent as a time of ‘grace’; a ‘springtime’ – a time of conversion when we open our eyes or rather let our eyes be opened to all the Lord wants to give us instead of being content to live an impoverished life with eyes half closed.At every stage of our lives we are always in need of radical conversion, of a change of heart, whereby we turn away from all that alienates us from God – from all that blinds us to His Presence – and open ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit and all His gifts of love, peace and joy so that we become more truly the people He created us to be, always doing the will of our Father. This ‘doing’ of the Father’s will […]

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

The following is a homily which fr Terence Crotty OP preached during the celebration of our Sunday Eucharist in our monastery chapel – 9th January, 2011.We hear a lot about power in the Church nowadays. Laypeople say that priests have all the power in the Church while priests say the bishops have all the power and so some priests recently formed an association, the “Association of Catholic Priest,” so as to get their hands on a bit of it. So the bishops seem to have all the power but, you know, when you look at them they seem completely powerless. The long and the short of it is that we’d better warn the ESB to start rationing the national grid before it collapses under the strain of so many people looking for power. The Bible too speaks of power: when Jesus is about to ascend into heaven he tells […]

By |January 10th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday within Octave of Christmas Mass Readings – Cycle A1st Reading – Eccles 3:2-6;12-142nd Reading – Col 3:12-21Gospel Mt 2:13-15;19-23 “Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you”.Who better than Mary and Joseph, who made a home for the Incarnate Word, can teach us to welcome Jesus into our hearts and homes?Mary and Joseph belonged heart and mind to those who waited expectantly to welcome the Messiah, belonged to the holy remnant foretold by the prophets.”I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, who shall take refuge in the name of the Lord: the remnant of Israel.They shall do no wrong, and speak no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue.On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem : Fear not, O Sion, be not discouraged! The Lord […]

By |December 29th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

2nd Sunday Cycle C

THEYHAVE NO WINE1st Reading: Is 62:1-52nd Reading: 1Cor 12:4-11Gospel: Jn 2:1-12Reflection 1A homely scene some 2000 years agoA wedding feast at Cana.Jesus, God and man invited,His disciples too.The wine runs shortMary, God’s own Mother takes note,Her appeal to her Son bears fruit.Water is turned into wine and in abundance! And today? Jesus loves the Church, you and me, as a Bride. He conquered our sin and death by His appalling Death And glorious Resurrection.Brought us redemption; blessed us with his Spirit.Shamefully we, members of the Church, have been unfaithful.The God of love does not forsake us:“No longer are you to be named ‘forsaken’nor your land ‘abandoned’but you shall be called ‘my delight’and your land ‘the wedded’Dare we once again heed God’s Mother And do what he tells us?‘Repent and believe the Gospel.’‘Love one […]

By |January 16th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments