Homilies

Homily: Sunday 11 August Homily: Sunday 11 August

Homily: Sunday 11 August

Sunday 11 August 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli In Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings,’ the great battle for Middle Earth is fought between the world of men and the dark Lord, Sauron. The world of men is made up of various races, including the People of Rohan. Just before they ride off to join the war, knowing that the end was upon them, the young warrior leader of the Rohirrim, Éomer, makes a short but rousing speech to the gathered army. He says to them: "Now is the hour, Riders of Rohan, to remember the oaths you have taken! Now, fulfill them all!"

Homily: Sunday 4 August

Sunday 4 August 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
The mystery of life can throw up some real ironies at times. Recently, I purchased a house with proceeds from my parents’ inheritance. They were always worried I might not have some place of my own when I get old. So, they scraped and saved over their lives to ensure my brothers and I would have something in our lives. The private purchase of that house made it into the newspaper yesterday as a story about the Archbishop living it up, while the Archdiocese is going through a belt tightening phase. And now, here I am preaching about Jesus’ response to a man who was demanding his own inheritance! Sometimes, the timing of things is not a welcome friend.

Homily: Sunday 21 July

Sunday 21 July 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

About 10 years before she died, my brothers and I banned our mother from the kitchen at Christmas time. As the family had grown, and as she had aged, the days when mum could cope with the old-style roast Christmas lunch with all the trimmings was well beyond her. She’s be stuck in the kitchen trying to keep it all going, while the rest of the family got on with the celebrating in the family room. In the end, it just made mum miserable – with a constant refrain afterwards of “I never got to speak with anyone!” So, we banned her from the kitchen and replaced the roast turkey and plum pudding with bring-your-own dishes.

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.