Homily for Ash Wednesday 2022

Homily for Ash Wednesday 2022

As we begin Lent, the Church in today’s Gospel recommends to us the three area traditionally associated with religious practice in Jesus’ day: Almsgiving, Prayer and Fasting. The Gospel starts off...

Homily for the Solemn Profession and Monastic Consecration of Br Simon Wang ocso

Homily for the Solemn Profession and Monastic Consecration of Br Simon Wang ocso

‘When he is to be received, he comes before the whole community in the oratory and promises stability, fidelity to monastic life, and obedience … he states his promise in a document … and with his...

Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 2022

Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 2022

“Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Today’s liturgy puts before us two readings from Scripture. The first is from the prophet Nehemiah who tells us of the return of the Jews...

Homily for Christmas Morning Mass

Homily for Christmas Morning Mass

Someone wrote to me this Christmas pointing out that the Mystery of the Incarnation did not come to us as theology and dogma but as story. Well, last night our liturgy pointed us to the story: of how...

Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass 2021

Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass 2021

I thought by way of a homily for this Christmas night to share with you a letter I received in response to our Christmas Card to her this year. Our card was a photograph of a Statue we have in our...

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Year C)

“Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfil the promise he made to her.” (Luke 1:45) Advent is a time of waiting. It is not just a matter of putting in the time; it is a waiting with...

Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

Today is the second last Sunday of the Church’s year. Next week, at end of the year, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King — that same one who is described in today’s Gospel as coming with great...

Homily for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

Homily for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

‘A man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17) In a sense, this is an odd question, for we cannot do anything to inherit; an...

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Homily for the Anniversary of Tarrawarra Abbey Church 2021

Homily for the Anniversary of Tarrawarra Abbey Church 2021

‘So Jesus found some rope and made it into a whip. Then he drove out every one of them with their cattle and sheep from the courtyard of the Temple, and he kicked over their tables filled with money...

Homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

Homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

We could easily read today’s Gospel as a performance, as a show put on to impress: Jesus puts his fingers into the deaf man’s ears, he spits and touches the man’s tongue, he groans and then says the...

Homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

Homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

“I tell you solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs, but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.” (John 6:26) These words of Jesus remind of a curious remark...

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