Homilies

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Homily: Sunday 7 July

Sunday 7 July 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Just inside the left entrance to the great Roman Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls, beneath the floor, is the old cemetery for the Benedictine monks who once lived in the community there. One of those buried there is Francis Xavier Comaci, a young aboriginal lad who had come the community from New Norcia as a novice. Comaci’s life was a sad one, as he felt the loss of his ancestral life and lands acutely, dying separated from his homeland in 1853, at perhaps 11 years of age.   

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.