Homilies

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

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...

Plunging into the life of Jesus (Homily, 13th Sunday OT)

Sunday 28 June 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
St Paul speaks, in our second reading today, of the plunge into death each who is baptised has made. It is a plunge, nonetheless, into a pool of life, life in Christ. In the mystery of baptism, someone else’s pool of loss – Jesus’ – becomes a hospitable location for us to discover our lives. He dies, we rise. An exchange of pools that transforms us. His hospitality on the cross becomes our family home along the way to our heavenly home. When Jesus instructed his apostles that to lose their life in his is to find their lives more deeply, we would do well to remember where loss and life have played out in our lives. The biblical way of doing this is in hospitality for the lives of others. Hospitality offered to a wandering holy person; hospitality given in a cup of water to the thirsty neighbour; hospitality received from plunging into the life of Jesus. Hospitality learnt from loss, that brings life.

Sunday's Homily: "Marked with the sign of God"

Sunday 21 June 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
 
I’m old enough now to be able to remember the annual list of the wealthiest Australians was measured in the millions. These days a new millionaire barely raises an eyebrow; it's the list of multi billionaires that counts. Given these sorts of numbers, we are hardly going to get excited over the worth of a couple of hundred sparrows. The measure of worth in Jesus’ day is certainly not today’s measure.

Homily (Corpus Christi): The presence of a deeper hunger

Sunday 14 June 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Homily: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) 
 
 
Two stories in the news this week have struck me at a deep level, beyond the headlines they generated. Firstly, there was the near tragic, but ultimately happy story of the finding of young William Callaghan, lost and alone in the mountain ranges of north-east Victoria. As a boy with acute autism, and not able to vocally communicate, William’s circumstances, and that of his family, have highlighted how the preciousness of each person’s life needs to be recognised according to their particular reality. We believe, as Christians, in the absolute dignity of each person, as each of us are endowed with the image of God. But each person is different in that image, and each of us are vulnerable in particular ways. Therefore, the dignity we are to recognise and foster in one another needs to be attentive to life’s circumstances by which each of us live. 

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Sunday 7 June 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


In every family, there are very personal ways in which we refer to one another. We all have special nicknames or tender references for our nearest and dearest that are not for wider consumption. And rightly so, for these are the intimate and very personal matters that speak to the bonds of love and affection a family holds preciously to itself, and which gives each member that special place of belonging. Whenever these precious and personal things go missing, we all know how that can undermine our sense of peace, safety and love.