Homilies

He goes first to our inner last (Homily, 25th Sunday in OT) He goes first to our inner last (Homily, 25th Sunday in OT)

He goes first to our inner last (Homily, 25th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 20 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | No one begins by saying, “And lastly…” We start with, “First and foremost,” make our way to secondly, and then through the numbers. We might finally get to ‘Last, but not least.” However, none of us begins with, “And lastly…” None, that is, except for the Lord. “Start with the last arrivals,” said the landowner in Jesus’ parable, “and end with the first.” When it comes to the order of things in God’s kingdom...

'Forgive. It is the way of God to our hearts' (Homily, 24th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 13 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | Like just about every married couple, my mum and dad had their moments. Usually it was a flare up triggered over something each had said or did without thought or intent. And just about always it was all over pretty quickly. Mum and dad seemed to have absorbed into their married life the Pauline dictum: “Do not let the sun set on your anger.” (Eph 4.26)

 

Jesus is our Guardian (Homily, 23rd Sunday in OT, Father's Day)

Sunday 6 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A): We all know that magpies make for excellent sentries. They are always looking around, checking their surroundings, watching for danger, ensuring their safety, protecting their young. They are the guardians above the neighbourhood, the sentries in our domestic skies. They know how to protect their own, and will do what is necessary to safeguard them. We might hold in our minds this image, as we listen again to the words of the Lord to the Prophet Ezekiel: I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. In the old days, a sentry or watchman was tasked to be the eyes and ears of protection at a city’s gate. They signalled warning to the inhabitants when danger approached, and they were the first line of defence. But not all dangers can be seen or heard, not all are physical in nature. Some dangers – perhaps the worst of them – are more insidious, entering into our minds and hearts, undermining our moral compass and subverting our human dignity.

A holy light to live by (Homily, 22nd Sunday in OT)

Sunday 30 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
For most of us, most of the time, following the narrow path of Christian discipleship does not demand of us to make such dire choices. But it is valuable to be reminded from time to time that taking the Christian path is not the same as following the ways of the world. All three of our readings today are a reminder that Christian discipleship involves taking the narrower pathways that are not the same as the wide boulevards the world would prefer us to travel along.
 

“Who do you say I am?” (Homily, 21st Sunday in OT)

Sunday 23 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Jesus was on foreign soil when he travelled to Caesarea Philippi, and in more ways than one. Caesarea Philippi was located less than 100kms north of the Sea of Galilee, yet this was a different nation to that of Israel. So, while close to the homeland of Jesus, it was a foreign country for him and his friends. Even more foreign to Jesus was the purpose of Caeasrea Philippi. It was a sacred site, with a temple dedicated to the Greek god, Pan. So, in today’s gospel, we have Jesus travelling to a foreign country, with a foreign religion, to make the point of his own universal kingship. Pan was a god of the natural world, but Jesus is the one true God of all. “Who do you say I am?... You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It took a foreigner in a foreign land, among foreign beliefs, to show how all can come home.