Fourth Sunday in Lent: Out of darkness and into the light

Sunday 22 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 4th Sunday in Lent (Year A) 
The unnamed man of today’s gospel knew isolation. He knew it by way of his physical blindness, which isolated him from seeing the world in which he was living. But he also experienced isolation from the social blindness by which he was treated by those around him. (Did you notice that nearly everyone talked about him as if he was not there, only Jesus talked to him personally?) Finally, he knew the isolation of rejection by those who would not accept what had happened to him. Only in Jesus did the man experience a closeness that would allow him to come out of his darkness, and find a light of hope.

Third Sunday in Lent: Spiritual Closeness

Sunday 15 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 3rd Sunday in Lent (Year A) 
You may have seen those videos coming from apartment blocks in Italian towns that are shut down because of the coronavirus. Someone in an apartment block with an internal balcony takes up their trusty accordion or guitar and begins playing a folk tune or pop song, and others from different apartments come out onto their balconies and join. Voices are raised in a pop-up choir, and an impromptu orchestra of bells and whistles and tambourines joins in. Old and young get into it, and people wave to each other across their ‘social distancing’ isolation. People might be forced to be shut away in their own homes because of the virus, but they’ve found a way of being together, nonetheless.

Second Sunday of Lent: Stand up; do not be afraid

Sunday 8 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 2nd Sunday in Lent (Year A)
The account of our Lord’s transfiguration occurred in the 17th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, well into Jesus’ public ministry and close to his turn towards Jerusalem and his Passion and death. The disciples – Peter, James and John – had by then been with him for several years. They had witnessed some extraordinary signs and wonders in that time: miraculous healings; acts that defied the laws of nature; teachings of deep hope; moments of revelatory grace. Jesus had invited these disciples into the heart of his own life and mission, and they had walked with him as friends. As remarkable as the Transfiguration of Jesus must have been, we should not think of it as something so fantastical and unbelievable that the disciples would have been anything other than deeply shocked and disturbed by the sight.




First Sunday of Lent: Jesus in the Wilderness

Sunday 1 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 1st Sunday in Lent (Year A)
It is worth asking why it is that God would send his Son into the heart of temptation, as the very first thing he was called upon to do in his public mission. Why not wait until the Devil presented himself as the contender for humanity’s soul – why go running towards that which brought about our fall? Part of the answer to this question lies in the purpose of Jesus’ mission. God took on our humanity so that he could enter into the heart of our frailty, and from there restore us to our divine image. As St Paul said today: If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. To receive this gift, Jesus needed to go to where the gift could be received – so, he went to our fallen and corrupted humanity, to confront the death of sin, and to offer the grace of life.