Homilies

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Ascension Sunday Homily

Sunday 2 June 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Not too long ago, the father of a priest friend of mine died. In our conversations about his death, he spoke of the hole that was left in him by the death of his dad. This hole, he said, was necessary: it marked the place in him where their relationship had been. What has stuck with me about this image is now clearly it spoke to me of my own experience at the death of my parents – there are now holes in me, when once they were. I don’t see these as problematic, but somewhat comforting: they continue to have a place in my life.

Homily: 5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 19 May 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
I always enjoy our annual Easter read-through of Luke’s Acts of the Apostles. Luke is the evangelist of actions and deeds; he’s interested in God’s relationship with his people rather than in image or concepts of faith.

Archbishop Homily: Easter Sunday

Sunday 21 April 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

What does Resurrection look like? I don’t mean resuscitation – we can all work out what that looks like. Resuscitation changed nothing: it is the same body; the same life; the same future. When Lazarus was resuscitated by his friend Jesus, it was certainly a miraculous thing. But Lazarus himself was the same Lazarus. No one wondered who emerged from the tomb, no one questioned if it was him. 

Homily: Good Friday

Friday 19 April 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

It is striking how much of the Lord’s passion happened at night. It was at night that he foreshadowed his death in the Eucharistic last meal. It was at night when Judas stood before him offering a betrayer’s kiss. It was at night that he was arrested and presented to the religious and civil authorities. And even when it was supposed to be the blaze of a noonday sun, we are told in one of the gospels that from the sixth hour until the ninth hour, darkness came over the world as the Messiah died on a cross.