Homilies

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

“He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Today we see a beautiful example of the power of prayer with faith. The more faith one has, the less words are needed really. Mary mentions a need and then prepares for that prayer to be answered. So simple, yet so effective.

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Baptism of our Lord Year C

Is there a difference between the baptism of Jesus and the baptism of John?

Yes, in fact there is a marked difference, as John himself testified. Jesus baptizes with spirit and fire, John with water. John’s baptism was a call to personal transformation and a symbolic washing. Jesus’ is a call to transformation and an adoption, but is actually a cleansing from sin and starting a new life. When we are baptized, we are baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ.  We share in the power of the life of Christ. The statement in today’s Gospel is said for you:  This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. This statement is for you in order to understand your identity. To understand what was given in adoption when we ourselves are baptized. Have you ever taken time to reflect on the mystery of your baptism and what living it out really looks like? What does it mean to be baptized?

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Solemnity of the Epiphany 2016

Today we have revealed to us an epiphany of the Lord. The epiphany comes from the wise men’s gifts - the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. The gifts reveal three things about Jesus - that He is a king, that He is God, and that He is man. There is a constant danger to separate these aspects of Jesus - His humanity or His Divinity or His Kingship. They are all held together in Christ. Too much emphasis on one will be a disorder, as will ignoring one will be another problem.

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