Homilies

Teaching, healing and nourishing (Homily, 18th Sunday in OT) Teaching, healing and nourishing (Homily, 18th Sunday in OT)

Teaching, healing and nourishing (Homily, 18th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 2 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Friends, note the order in which things unfold for Jesus today. Jesus has heard of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist. This is a moment of grief for him and his disciples. So they look for a place where they can be alone in their sadness. But the people around about find them. Jesus, putting aside his own personal struggles, turns toward their neediness in mercy, and offers himself to them: in teaching, in healing and – miraculously – in nourishing. Note, also, the order in which things unfold for the disciples. Like Jesus, they heard of...

In our searching we are discovered (Homily, 17th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 26 July 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Why would Jesus make such a significant thing of comparing a pearl to the Kingdom of God? In part, we can readily perceive that Jesus might want to present God’s kingdom as a thing of great beauty and value. Indeed, it is of the utmost worth and loveliness, for God’s kingdom is the fullness of life. But this is not something that is self-made; this kingdom is not made in our own image and likeness, nor can we manufacture it from our own means. God’s Kingdom of life and truth and love is, rather, for us to discover. This is what the merchant did in the parable: he searches until he discovers the pearl of great price. 

 

Cultivating that which is good and true (Homily, 16th Sunday OT)

Sunday 19 July 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli 

Homily: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | In an agricultural society such as in the time of Jesus, knowing the difference between wheat and darnel would be important. A family’s small plot of land was needed to produce the food for the household, especially the grain used to make bread. Producing the right grain mattered for the health of the family. But clearly, even for people expert in agriculture, time, patience and a skilled eye was needed to distinguish the wheat from the darnel, so that what would provide good grain for the family was not lost in a mad rush to weed out the bad grain.

We are both soil and seed (Homily, 15th Sunday OT)

Sunday 12 July 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli 

Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | Sometimes, Jesus just got frustrated. Usually it was with his closest disciples when they either completely missed the point or acted like idiots. The Pharisees particularly got under his skin because of their obstinacy and hard-hearted attitudes. And sometimes, Jesus simply got frustrated with the world around him, and its inability to grasp his mission. But when he got frustrated, as we learnt from today’s gospel, Jesus didn’t just give up and walk away; he didn’t get offended, or throw in the towel, or petulantly rile against his Father, a la Jonah. Instead, he told stories. As the people around him failed to ‘get it’, Jesus moved to a different way of communicating his message: he spoke to them in parables.

The cry for recognition (Homily, 14th Sunday OT)

Sunday 5 July 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Our First Peoples of this Great Southland of the Holy Spirit have not marked their ancient presence in this land by establishing monuments or institutions. Their presence has indeed been a humble one, evident not in static structures but in the dynamics of family bonds, shared rituals and a common identity. These are the same markers which ought to show forth in a Christian people. Therefore, the cry for recognition from our Indigenous people should not be unfamiliar to God’s pilgrim people. We all desire to learn the way of simplicity and trust, and to be at home in our location. We all will find our deeper roots of identity in the parenthood of the one Creator, our Father, who invites us all to come under his yoke and to find rest in Him.